United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA)

Where Art Transforms Lives in Washington Heights

PAST EVENT-The Spanish version "Drácula" accompanied by guitarist Gary Lucas

Friday, November 1   Doors Open 7pm, Showtime 8pm
Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door

Celebrate the day after Halloween with the Spanish language version of "Dracula" (with English subtitles) and a musical soundtrack provided live by guitar god Gary Lucas.

The Spanish "Dracula" was part of the same 1931 shoot that produced Bela Lugosi's famous performance based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel. While the English language film was shot during the day, a Spanish cast, featuring the great Mexican actress Lupita Tovar and Spanish-born actor Carlos Villarias, performed at night on the same sets under the direction of George Melford. Because the crew had the benefit of watching the dailies from the English version, some critics have argued that the Spanish version is the better work of art with superior camerawork and lighting. The Spanish version was thought to be lost until a print was discovered in 1970 and the film was restored.

Filmed during the Depression, "Drácula" does not have a musical score. American guitar god Gary Lucasfell in love with the film and wrote an original soundtrack to accompany it. He has performed it live during film screenings all over the world, including the Transylvania Film Festival, New York Film Festival, London Jazz Festival, and Sevilla Film Festival. Lucas, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, has performed with Leonard Bernstein, Captain Beefheart, and Jeff Buckley. He is a composer for film and television with more than twenty solo albums to his name.

Poster artwork by Sandy Jimenez

The evening will include some Halloween shenanigans - don't forget to wear your costume!

Check out this video to hear an example of Gary Lucas's performance.

Spanish Dracula Featuring Live Soundtrack by Gary Lucas from Gary Lucas on Vimeo.

The United Palace is located at 4140 Broadway at W. 176th Street

It is 1-block from the 175th Street A-train station.

Parking garages on Broadway b/w 176th & 177th Streets.

 

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