Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.
When Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 version of Bram Stoker's classic vampire tale hit theaters, many were critical of the film's "narrative confusions." It was hard to deny, however, that Coppola's visual excesses served his darkly romantic version of the undead tale quite well. If anything, the director can be accused of dizzying us by offering up a plate full of the most decadent delights -- never allowing us to settle too comfortably with our feast before we are swept up in the next course. There are Expressionistic and silent film influences, Euroculture overtones and allegories, a love story ripe with questions about female sexuality and desire, all the sweeping visual accents to support these point, and so on. With so many flourishes to indulge in it might seem difficult to find an entry point to savor these gorgeous details. This is why starting with some of the most obvious or basic visual references can produce a willingness to venture deeper in.