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Gary Lucas plays his original solo guitar score live accompanying Spanish "Dracula" (1931, d. George Melford)

Director: George Melford.
The legendary Spanish "Dracula" was filmed at night on the same sets in 1931 in Hollywood and at the same time as the famous Todd Browning/ Bela Lugosi version--but in Spanish, with a Spanish speaking cast and a British director! Film historians consider this version far superior, more "full-blooded"--the editing is more fluid (the original Dracula is quite static, basically a photographed stage play), the lighting more inventive, the camerawork and compositions much bolder, the acting is juicier, and the women are hotter :-) Like "Dracula", it contains no music--Gary Lucas provides a continuous solo guitar underscore that has won praise at film and music festivals all over the world: Review of the World Premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09: "The US guitarist Gary Lucas defied the gods and brought back to life one of the darkest and most terrifying creatures in the literature of horror... Dracula did not need to rise from his coffin in order to return from the realm of the dead; he did it through the guitar of this legendary musician, who, like the most celebrated vampire from Transylvania, has been 'condemned' to immortality." --GRANMA (Cuba), 12/12/09 Review of the European premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Transylvania International Film Festival 5/30/10: "One of the most impressive events in this year's edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival... Gary Lucas was formidable--the audience was speechless as for almost 2 hours Lucas' fingers never disconnected from his guitar... an event that no one will ever forget." ADEVARUL, Romania 6/1/10 Review of the New York premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10: "The event Saturday evening event was terrific, an intoxicating mix of music and imagery. Gary's score builds a nice, eerie immersion an atmosphere of perdition and romantic longing." --SOME CAME RUNNING (film critic Glenn Kenny's column) full review here: http://bit.ly/ckizt5 "Gary Lucas' brilliant musical dialogue with George Melford's Spanish-language "Dracula" rescues this film from mere camp, highlighting the films many innovative and indeed modernist flourishes." --Richard Pena, director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Full house and standing ovation for the Spanish premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 7th Sevilla Film Festival 11/8/10: Check out an interview with Gary Lucas from Spanish National TV RTVE beginning at 3:34 here: http://bit.ly/b5i8bO 4 Star review in The Guardian for the UK premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall: http://bit.ly/jLaP1K

"Greetings from Tim Buckley" world premiere a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival 9/9/12!!

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Here in my hotel room at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel the day after the gala world premiere of "Greetings from Tim Buckley" at the Toronto International Film Festival. The screening took place last night at 6pm at the Bloor Cinema (where I had the pleasure of performing with "The Golem" a few years ago at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival). The film concerns Jeff Buckley's early days in NYC and my music is featured in it as is my guitar playing. My portrayal in t...

"Greetings from Tim Buckley" world premiere a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival 9/9/12!!

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Here in my hotel room at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel the day after the gala world premiere of "Greetings from Tim Buckley" at the Toronto International Film Festival. The screening took place last night at 6pm at the Bloor Cinema (where I had the pleasure of performing with "The Golem" a few years ago at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival). The film concerns Jeff Buckley's early days in NYC and my music is featured in it as is my guitar playing. My portrayal in the fil...

Gary Lucas sells out the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood with "The Golem"!!

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Just back from a wonderful trip to LA where I SOLD OUT the fantastic Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Ave. in Hollywood with "The Golem"--my live solo guita score accompanying this classic 1920 German horror film! Just check this review from Debra Levine in ARTS MEME: Grammy-nominated Gary Lucas, whom Rolling Stone calls “one of the best and most original guitarists in America,” performed his well-traveled and exceedingly harrowing  score to “Der Golem,” the brill...

GARY LUCAS SOLO AT IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB NYC THURSDAY MARCH 1ST w/ special guest BEATRICE DEMI-MONDAINE

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JUST CONFIRMED!! THURSDAY MARCH 1st AT IRIDIUM, NYC'S #1 JAZZ CLUB --2 SHOWS AT 8 and 10pm An EVENING WITH GARY LUCAS SOLO  http://www.garylucas.com/solo.shtml  with his special guest French underground sirene BEATRICE DEMI-MONDAINE, who is flying in from Paris specially for this show!! Gary Lucas solo in St Petersburg   See a clip of them performing Gary's famous song co-written with JEFF BUCKLEY, "MOJO PIN" live in PARIS http://www.yo...

Gary Lucas plays Spanish Dracula at the Closing Ceremony of Lodz Cinergia

                                  An apple (fest logo symbol) a day... Gary Lucas with Mariola Wiktor (Cinergia Fest Director) and Bruno Chatelin.                            

Selected glimpses of the 16th Cinergia editions include...

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Finał XVI FKE Cinergia 2011-11-14 Closing Ceremony and Awards Grand Prize My Joy Sergey Loznitsa special mentions to Suicide Room  Flowers of Evil by David Dusa photo photo photo $(document).ready(function(){ $("a[rel='51']").colorbox(); }); photo photo $(document).ready(function(){ $("a[rel='50']").colorbox(); }); Gary Lucas photo photo photo $(document).ready(function(){ $("a[rel='49']").colo...

XVIth Forum of European Cinema „Cinergia" 4-12 Nov, 2011 Lodz, Poland closes with Gary Lucas Spanish Dracula

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Debuts films are the strength of „Cinergia" This year's Forum of European Cinema „Cinergia" program will be enriched by the new section. After seven years of absence and together with Lodz Film School we reactivated Andrzej Munk Prize. Andrzej Munk Prize winner will participate in the international competition for the Best European Debut Award „Kryształowa Łódka" (The Cristal Boat). Polish helmer Krzysztof Zanussi will be a president of international jury. In ...

Confession of a jury member at Lodz Cinergia - part 1

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I am coming to Lodz for the very first time. 2hours 20 trip from Paris airport. Second visit to Poland energetical festivals this year (following OFF PLUS CAMERA). Mariola Wiktor who runs the XVI Forum of European Cineam Cinergia invited me as a jury member. We first met in Cannes in the busy gathering of festival directors and wine tasting.You imagine how busy that can have been. Lucky outcome we decided about this role in the festival jusging newcomers from Europe, I also contributed ...

Krzysztof Zanussi will head jury at coming Cinergia Forum of European Cinema, Bruno Chatelin invited as jury member.

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Polish helmer Krzysztof Zanussi will be President of Cinergia Forum of European Cinema - international jury. Debuts films are the strength of "Cinergia" This year's Forum of European Cinema “Cinergia” program will be enriched by the new section. After seven years of absence and together with  Lodz Film School we reactivated  Andrzej Munk Prize.  Andrzej Munk Prize winner will participate in the international competition for the Best European Debut Award “Kryszt...

Gary Lucas Plays "The Unholy Three"--accompanying the Tod Browning/Lon Chaney silent film with original live solo guitar score

Director: Tod Browning.
One of Tod Browning and Lon Chaneys greatest films, this 1925 silent classic was remade with Chaney in a sound version--but this original surpasses it by far, especially with the dark, suspenseful music master guitarist/composer Gary Lucas ("The Thinking Man's Guitar Hero") coaxes out of his guitar. Three carnival mugs, a strongman (Victor McGlagen), a "baby" (Harry Earles) and a ventriloquist (Lon Chaney) join forces to create a criminal gang that robs and terrorizes a community until finally brought to justice. A thriller from beginning to end, enhanced y Lucas' live solo guitar score: http://garylucas.com/www/unholy

Gary Lucas Plays "Sounds of the Surreal"--accompanying 3 classic silent surrealist films with his original solo guitar scores

Director: Fernand Leger, Rene Clair, and Ladislaw Starewicz.
"The Guitarist of 1000 Ideas" (NY Times) Gary Lucas accompanies three silent surrealist classics with his original solo guitar scores live. Films include Rene Clair's "Entr'acte" (1924), Fernand Leger's "Ballet Mecanique" (1924), and Ladislaw Starewicz's "The Cameraman's Revenge" (1912). More details at http://garylucas.com/www/surr

Gary Lucas plays "Monsters from the Id"--accompanying clips from classic fantasy films with his original solo guitar scores

Director: various.
Gary Lucas improvises live solo guitar soundtracks to a compendium of his favorite horror, science fiction and fantasy sound films, enhancing the existing dialogue and original soundtrack music. Clips include sequences from P{olanski's "Rosemary's Baby", the original "King Kong",Ray Harryhausen's "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad", Herk Harvey's "Carnival of Souls" and Mario Bava's "Black Sund". A good double bill with Gary Lucas' "Sound fo the Surreal" program. For more info please visit the web page at http://garylucas.com/www/id

Gary Lucas plays Spanish "Dracula" --Gary Lucas accompanies the 1931 Spanish"Dracula" with his original live solo guitar score

Director: George Melford.
A Spanish language version of "Dracula" filmed at night in Hollywood simultaneously and on the same sets as Lugosi's "Dracula" for the Latin market--revivified and reanimated by Gary Lucas' original live solo guitar score accompanying the film

Gary Lucas --Music for Spanish "Dracula"

An excerpt from my live original solo guitar score accompanying the legendary 1931 Spanish "Dracula" (d. George Melford) at the World Premiere at the La Rampa Cinema in Havana at the 31st Havana Fil, Festival 12/9/2009 6:24 minutes (8 MB)

'Spanish Dracula' in Krakow with live soundtrack performance by Gary Lucas, what a privilege

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  Gary Lucas delivered another great performance of His Spanish Dracula soundtrack at the Off Plus Camera Festival. A rock club (King Lizard) held a private party with festival guests discovering the amazing work of Gary who played his guitar live soundtrack with the screening of the film. Gary at the Lizard King The project's premiere took place during the 31st Havana Film Festival, where it was named a spectacular hit. It was also presented during t...

NEWSLETTER N° 503:April 2, 2011

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Gary Lucas and his “Spanish Dracula” in Krakow

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“Spanish Dracula” by Gary Lucas is a project comprising solo guitar compositions as accompaniment to the famous Spanish film “Dracula” made in 1931. The project's premiere took place during the 31st Havana Film Festival, where it was named a spectacular hit. It was also presented during the London Jazz Festival at the Queen Elisabeth Hall and turned into a success, crowned with a 4-star review in “The Guardian”. The performance was also appreciated in other places in t...

Forum of European Cinema Cinergia Lodz Poland

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European Debut Section is dedicated to the first and second time European directors.

The films will compete for international Jury Award "Cristal Boat" (10 000 Euro) founded by President City of Łódź and Audience Award for the Best European Debut.

The submission deadline expires on August 31st, 2010. Please send your DVD or VHS screener on the following address:

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