6-1-16- Dr. Hildy® Welcomes Film Director Ben Berkowitz – Vampire Movies through Events in History
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Throughout history, one of the most pervasive myths has been that of the vampire. From the Mesopotamians, ancient Greeks, and Romans to our own modern-day movies and television, the concept of vampirism has existed for millennia. We all know the basic tenets of the vampire myth: undead creatures that stalk unsuspecting people by night, preying upon them to subsist off the blood of the living. But one of the main markers of modern nosferatu is that the basics of vampire lore can change with each story, and often that change ties into our own history.
This week on One Cell One Light Radio, Dr. Hildy welcomes film director Ben Berkowitz, for a discussion on vampires through cinema history, and how vampire lore has changed throughout the last century. ( BEN BERKOWITZ – BIO )
A writer/director based in Los Angeles, Ben Berkowitz directed the award-winning feature film Polish Bar
released by Cinetic Media in 2014 and currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and most Cable On Demand. Polish Bar stars Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Judd Hirsch, Richard Belzer, Vincent Piazza, Meat Loaf and James Badge Dale. Ben also recently acted in several projects including Chronic, the English language debut of multiple Cannes prize- winning writer/director Michel Franco, in which he co-starred with Tim Roth.
From the earliest appearance of a vampire in FW Murnau’s Nosferatu, to the modern television series of Vampire Diaries, True Blood, and The Strain, vampire lore has evolved greatly. In Nosferatu, Count Orlok is portrayed as a gruesome monster, played by Max Shreck, which later led to an urban legend that Shreck himself was a vampire. Nosferatu was also the first instance of vampires being affected by sunlight, something that has colored nearly all vampire lore since.
As we moved into the Depression Era, movies were even more a means of escape, and the vampire turned into a monster that needed to be destroyed, instead of a sympathetic creature that cannot control itself. Tod Browning’s 1931 masterpiece, Dracula, the count himself is seen as a charming, wealthy man, interested in corrupting young females for his own personal gain. Dracula is of course the most famous vampire in history, and his portrayal in this film informed future vampire movies for the next 50 years.
Starting in the 1980s, vampires took on a sexier identity, being merged often with a rock star-esque persona, as seen in The Hunger (with David Bowie), and The Lost Boys. This modernization of the vampire led to the increased realism of current vampire fiction, one in which vampires are seen as more tragic figures, often the object of the sexual and romantic desires of woman, as evidenced in the Twilight, True Blood, and Vampire Diaries series.
Join Dr. Hildy this week as she discusses vampires throughout history on One Cell One Light Radio!
~~~~~~DR. HILDY’S PRIZE! WON by Amy from Alaska~~~~~~~
The actor, George Hamilton (It is rumored to be related to the US first Sectretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton -who has a new play named after him called Hamilton) played in a hilarious vampire movie. What is the name of that movie?
Prize: Lots of Baci Mi Gel goodies, a collection of DVD movies of Vampires and their related topics including Vincent Price and lots of other stuff. Prize is estimated at $180.00
Timeline of modern history – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a of modern history, here defined as comprising the years since 1901. Contents. 1 20th century. 1.1 1900s; 1.2 1910s; 1.3 1920s; 1.4 1930s; 1.5 1940s; 1.6 1950s; 1.7 1960s … 1908 Messina earthquake kills over 70,000 people. Start of ….. 1950s. See also: Timeline of events in the Cold War.
1922 – Nosferatu – YouTube – Trailer
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