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The royal winnipeg ballet has commissioned a production of Dracula which will premiere in Winnipeg in October and tour Canada until March 1999.
To create and maintain interest in this production we would like
to establish links with other Dracula/vampire sites on the net.
For Immediate Release
Please contact: Betsy Van Ost firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 1-800-9-JANSON
Dracula: The True Story is a new documentary film produced by
the Austrian production company Langbein-Skalnik Television.
The world's most famous vampire has been "undead" for
exactly 100 years. The famous novel Dracula, written by Irish
author Bram Stoker in 1898, was a mixture of reality, superstition,
fearful fantasies and history.
Stoker's role model for the novel was an actual Romanian Prince
born in the 15th century: Vlad Tepes or "Vlad the Impaler,"
so named because of his favorite method of executing his enemies
the horrific medieval torture known as "impaling."
And so "Vlad the Impaler" and the Transylvanian vampire
Count Dracula, became forevermore, one and the same.
The image of the vampire has been seen in novels, films, plays,
paintings, and even a new musical, Dance of Vampires, directed
by Roman Polanski. This captivating new documentary travels to
the heart of Transylvania, in today's Romania, to uncover the
historical truths behind the legend of Dracula. Today, vampire
tourism in Romania is booming. A self-described vampire hunter,
Paul Daian, believes that vampires lurk in the streets of today¹s
Bucharest and can adopt various forms. A Viennese dermatologist,
Christian Honigsmann, discusses his theory that porphyria, a widespread
genetic illness in Transylvania in those days, was behind many
vampire superstitions, especially the idea of their fear of sunlight.
And a descendant of Vlad Tepes¹ Princess Brianna
Caradja his great granddaughter in the 27th generation,
talks about her famous ancestor. The film also includes an extensive
interview with Boston College historian Raymond McNally.
Dracula: The True Story is a production of Langbein-Skalnik TV.
The 45-minute program was directed by Matthias Kessler. The home-videocassette
is now available for a manufacturer¹s suggested retail price
of $24.95. Institutional pricing, which includes public performance
rights, is $99.95 per cassette. Wholesale pricing is available
for volume orders. Please inquire.