Vampir - Cuadecuc

1.33:1|B/W|66 min

Vampir-Cuadecuc is possibly a key film in understanding the transition in the Spanish film world from the period of the "new cinemas" (permitted by the Franco government) towards the ilegal, clandestine or openly anatagonistic practices anainst the Franco regime.

It consists of shooting the filming of a commercial film El conde Drácula by Jesús Franco. Portabella practices two typesof violence on the standard narrative: he totally eliminates color and substitutes the soundtrack with a landscape of image-sound collisions by Carles Santos. Filmed provocatively in 16mm and with sound negative, the tensions between black and white favor the strange "fantasmatic materialism" of this revealing analysis of the construction mechanism for the magic in dominant narrative cinema, which at the same time constitutes a radical intervention in the Spanish cinematographic institution.

Technical data

  • Producer: Films 59
  • Director: Pere Portabella
  • Music: Carles Santos
  • Photograpy: Manel Esteban
  • Sound: Jordi Sangenís
  • 1st Assistant Director: Anne M. Settimó
  • Unit Manager: Antoni Tomás
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Pere Joan Ventura
  • Laboratory: Fotofilm S.A.E.
  • Sound Studio: Sonoblok - La voz de España
  • Original Version: English
  • Premiere: August 15th, 2008 (Spain)
  • Distribution Company: Sherlock Films (Spain)

Artistic data

  • Actors: Christopher Lee - Herbert Lom - Soledad Miranda - Jack Taylor - Maria Rohm - Fred Williams - Paul Muller - Jeannine Mestre - Emma Cohen - Jesús Franco



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