Monday, July 25, 2011

Candles and Cobwebs

The beautiful photo of a spider's web in my previous post, reminded me of the 1979 film, Dracula, starring Frank Langella. There is a visually stunning aerial shot of a spider crawling over its web as Lucy, beneath, makes her way further into Dracula's snare. 

Personally, although I have always enjoyed the Dracula story, I don't subscribe to the notion of the Count as a romantic hero. He certainly knows how to charm the ladies, but his motives are always completely selfish. Call me crazy, but I just don't find statements like "You shall cross land or sea to do my bidding" particularly alluring. However, I will say that Langella's Dracula certainly knows how to set the scene for a dinner date. The Count transforms the decaying ruins of Carfax into a dark, gothic masterpiece of interior decoration with little more than copious quantities of candles and cobwebs.

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