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Gary Lucas


 

Cataloguing some of the live music and film projects of internationally acclaimed guitarist/composer/Grammy-nominated songwriter Gary Lucas.


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Gary Lucas plays his original solo guitar score live accompanying Spanish "Dracula" (1931, d. George Melford)

Film
Film
Language: 
Spanish
Other languages or subtitles: 
English
Production country: 
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
1 hour 35 min.
Theme: 
Horror films
Category/Format: 
Fiction Features
Poster: 
Film Credits
Film director: 
George Melford
Producer: 
Carl Laemmle
Music: 
Gary Lucas accompanies the film with his original live solo guitar soundtrack
Film synopsis: 
The legendary Spanish "Dracula" was filmed at night on the same sets in 1931 in Hollywood and at the same time as the famous Todd Browning/ Bela Lugosi version--but in Spanish, with a Spanish speaking cast and a British director! Film historians consider this version far superior, more "full-blooded"--the editing is more fluid (the original Dracula is quite static, basically a photographed stage play), the lighting more inventive, the camerawork and compositions much bolder, the acting is juicier, and the women are hotter :-) Like "Dracula", it contains no music--Gary Lucas provides a continuous solo guitar underscore that has won praise at film and music festivals all over the world: Review of the World Premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09: "The US guitarist Gary Lucas defied the gods and brought back to life one of the darkest and most terrifying creatures in the literature of horror... Dracula did not need to rise from his coffin in order to return from the realm of the dead; he did it through the guitar of this legendary musician, who, like the most celebrated vampire from Transylvania, has been 'condemned' to immortality." --GRANMA (Cuba), 12/12/09 Review of the European premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Transylvania International Film Festival 5/30/10: "One of the most impressive events in this year's edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival... Gary Lucas was formidable--the audience was speechless as for almost 2 hours Lucas' fingers never disconnected from his guitar... an event that no one will ever forget." ADEVARUL, Romania 6/1/10 Review of the New York premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10: "The event Saturday evening event was terrific, an intoxicating mix of music and imagery. Gary's score builds a nice, eerie immersion an atmosphere of perdition and romantic longing." --SOME CAME RUNNING (film critic Glenn Kenny's column) full review here: http://bit.ly/ckizt5 "Gary Lucas' brilliant musical dialogue with George Melford's Spanish-language "Dracula" rescues this film from mere camp, highlighting the films many innovative and indeed modernist flourishes." --Richard Pena, director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Full house and standing ovation for the Spanish premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 7th Sevilla Film Festival 11/8/10: Check out an interview with Gary Lucas from Spanish National TV RTVE beginning at 3:34 here: http://bit.ly/b5i8bO 4 Star review in The Guardian for the UK premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall: http://bit.ly/jLaP1K
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
35 mm
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Video Type: 
DVD
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

31st Havana Film Festival, Transylvania International Film Festival, 48th New York Film Festival, Sevilla Film Festival, London Jazz Festival, James River Film Festival

Film reviews: 
http://garylucas.com/www/dracula
Film distribution
Theatre: 
Open
TV: 
Open
Video: 
Open
International: 
Open
Internet: 
Open
Sales/distribution name: 
Bruno Chatelin, FilmFest21
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Gary Lucas
publicity address: 
720 Greenwich Street apt. 7J NYC NY 10014
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
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About Gary Lucas

Lucas Gary

Live solo guitar performances accompanyng films during film festivals.
Gary Lucas Plays:

Spanish "Dracula"--1931, d. George Melford http://garylucas.com/www/dracula

"Esta Noite Encarnerei no Teu Cadaver (This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse)"--1967, d. Jose Mojica Marins http://garylucas.com/www/cadaver

"The Golem"--1920. d. Paul Wegener and Carl Boese http://garylucas.com/www/golem

"Sounds of the Surreal"  --1923 and 1912, d. Fernand Leger, Rene Clair, and Ladislaw Starewicz http://garylucas.com/www/surr

"Monsters from the Id" - various clips from classic horror and sci fi films
http://garylucas.com/www/id

"The Unholy Three"--1925, d. Tod Browning http://garylucas.com/www/unholy


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