Friday, May 09, 2008

Quasimodo's Monster Magazine, Part 4!

Next up in our review of Quasimodo's Monster Magazine #3 is "Lugosi, The Man and the Vampire," which starts on page 34!

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This article is basically a summary of Artur Lennig's book, "The Count: The Life and Films of Bela (Dracula) Lugosi," published by Putnam.

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It's a pretty in-depth article, which talks about Lugosi's start in acting... heck, the pages I've shown so far don't even get up to his start in movies!

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Honestly, you'll probably learn as much about Lugosi here as you would reading the aforementioned book... and I suspect this is a much more complete and honest article than most monster magazines ever ran!

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And as you can see, the article is profusely illustrated with photos and posters from Lugosi's movies!

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The article covers his rise to fame playing Dracula, as well as the degeneration of his career and subsequent problems with drugs.

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Now, I have nothing against monster mag articles that focus on the movies... heck, most of my favorite monster mags feature articles like that! But this particular feature really makes me respect the creators of Quasimodo's Monster Mag, because it would've been easy to gloss over the less savory aspects from Lugosi's career, and make it look like Lugosi's film career ended with "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," and not even hint at the later years, so well-portrayed in the movie "Ed Wood" by Martin Landau. It's recommended reading, so far as I'm concerned!

Next time around... monster posters, and an interview with Christopher Lee!

2 comments:

  1. Jon,
    I agree. I think somewhere else I read that Bela started with prescriptions to fight back pain in the 30s (he was 49 when he filmed Dracula) and never escaped them. In this article they imply he took a lesson from Frankenstein and subsequently never turned down any offer of a part, but I wonder how much of that practice stemmed from having to pay for those drugs?

    Bela also is quoted puzzling why his accent held him back, when his first films were silent (1923-1929 in the U. S.)? If he had signed with Universal, surely they would have assigned a dialogue coach (at least while the Laemmles were still in control (until 1936)). I don't think he was ever a contract player, however?
    Thanks!

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