Re-working the Count Dracula myth, re-negotiating class identity: the transnational vampire goes to late 1950s Italy

Guarneri, Michael (2016) Re-working the Count Dracula myth, re-negotiating class identity: the transnational vampire goes to late 1950s Italy. Časopis A & P, 2. pp. 47-59. ISSN 1339-9284

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Abstract

The author analyzes how the myth of transnational vampire Count Dracula as a polluting ‘foreign body‘ to be destroyed for the greater good of society was drastically re-worked in Tempi duri per i vampiri (Steno [Stefano Vanzina], 1959), an Italian comedy film made to cash in on Hammer’s box-office hit Dracula (Terence Fisher, 1958). The article conceives of Tempi duri per i vampiri (literally, “Hard times for vampires”) as a satirical work that taps into the anxieties afflicting certain segments of Italian society at the inception of the period of large, traumatic socio-economic change known as ‘the Italian economic miracle.‘ After having explored the shadows lurking behind the film’s generally light and optimistic tone, Tempi duri per i vampiri eventually emerges as a cruel parable of class struggle in which human characters must learn from the vampire how to re-negotiate their ancestral class identity in order to avoid extinction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dracula, transnational vampire, Italian genre cinema, Italian economic miracle, class struggle
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 09:24
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 20:56
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30750

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