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Pere Portabella
66 minutes
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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 antagonistic practices against the Franco regime. It consists of shooting the filming of a commercial film El conde Drácula by Jesús Franco. Portabella practices two types of 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.

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Technical Details

Production Company: Films 59

Director: Pere Portabella

Music: Carles Santos

Photography: Manel Esteban

1st Assistant Director: Anne M. Settimo

Production Manager: Antoni Tomás

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Color: B&W

Original format: 16 mm

Screening Formats: DCP / Digital


Christopher Lee – Herbert Lom – Soledad Miranda – Jack Taylor – Maria Rohm – Fred Williams – Paul Muller – Jeannine Mestre – Emma Cohen – Jesús Franco.

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