CMES Film Screening: Dracula in Istanbul (1953)


Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 5:00pm to 7:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Movie Poster

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a screening of

Dracula in Istanbul/Drakula İstanbul'da (1953)
Director: Mehmet Muhtar

With a brief introduction by Prof Cemal Kafadar.

A Turkish version of Bram Stoker's original novel Dracula. The screenplay was based on a 1928 novel by Ali Riza Seyfi called Kazıklı Voyvoda ("Impaler Voivode"), and is more or less a translation of Stoker's novel, but there is no Renfield character and Güzin, the "Mina" character, is a showgirl given to performing in revealing outfits. This is the fourth dracula movie ever and the first film in which the count is represented with fanged teeth. Drakula/Dracula is played by Atif Kaptan. Both the novel and the film make an explicit connection with the historical Vlad the Impaler, the Prince and three-time Voivode of Wallachia.

In Turkish with English subtitles.

Contact: Liz Flanagan

See also: TurkeyFilm & Visual ArtAd Hoc or Co-Sponsored2017-18