Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers
  • Alternative view 1 of Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers
  • Alternative view 2 of Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers

Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers

by Gary Don Rhodes
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

He was born Béla Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882, in Hungary. He joined Budapest's National Theater in 1913 and later appeared in several Hungarian films under the pseudonym Arisztid Olt. After World War I, he helped the Communist regime nationalize Hungary's film industry, but barely escaped arrest when the government was deposed, fleeing to the United

Overview

He was born Béla Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882, in Hungary. He joined Budapest's National Theater in 1913 and later appeared in several Hungarian films under the pseudonym Arisztid Olt. After World War I, he helped the Communist regime nationalize Hungary's film industry, but barely escaped arrest when the government was deposed, fleeing to the United States in 1920.

As he became a star in American horror films in the 1930s and 1940s, publicists and fan magazines crafted outlandish stories to create a new history for Lugosi. The cinema's Dracula was transformed into one of Hollywood's most mysterious actors. This exhaustive account of Lugosi's work in film, radio, theater, vaudeville and television provides an extensive biographical look at the actor. The enormous merchandising industry built around him is also examined.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Lugosi was an actor whose fame came mostly from his portrayal of Dracula, and little has been written about him-until now, probabaly owing to Martin Landau's recent OscarR-winning portrayal of Lugosi in the film Ed Wood. Two biographies have appeared in as many months, and one wonders if Lugosi's career merits this much attention. One may be even more skeptical of the need for 300 pages comprising a filmography, a bibliography, a list of reviews, quotations by and about Lugosi, and a compilation of unfinished projects. Rhodes (Univ. of Oklahoma) admits he set out to record everything Lugosi ever said or did, and comprehensive film history collections that can afford to pay $55 for such a compendium may welcome it. Larry Edwards's Bela Lugosi: Master of the Macabre (LJ 3/1/97) covers the same biographical ground, however, and smaller collections will find it a better value for those interested in Lugosi.-Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Cal.
Film Review
highly engaging...exhaustive...a magnificent collation of facts and figures
Movie Collector's World
for serious students of Lugosi, this is the place to start

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786427659
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/22/2006
Pages:
430
Sales rank:
915,709
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Gary Don Rhodes, a documentary filmmaker, is a professor at the Queen's University, Belfast.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >