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USA 1931
Director: Tod Browning

Produced by Universal Pictures Corporation, New York
Austrian Distributor: Universal
Czech Distributor: Universal Film, Praha

Overview of the censorship case DRACULA

Austria Czechoslovakia Germany
3.8.1932: 8826
permitted ?
banned for young people ?
2130 m, 9 reels
3.7.1931: 1019/31 Fc
banned for young people
2165 m; 9 reels

In Czechoslovakia DRACULA was permitted for screening only for adults without any notes of members of the Censor Advisory Board. The most interesting aspect of this case is a long interim between the film’s qualification for public screening (3.7.1931) and the date of the official première (12.2.1932) - more than six months. However, there are no proofs clarifying this unusual phenomenon.

In spite of the publicity campaign the film had ambiguous or even critical reviews – the global innocence of the plot was the most criticised aspect of the movie. DRACULA was screened in a cinema used for première only for 2 weeks (Havelka, 1939: 49) and was probably not very successful.

There was no kind of restriction noted in the Austrian registration card 8826 issued by the Magistrate Vienna / Magistrat Wien im selbständigen Wirkungsbereiche on 3rd August 1932, but according to “Paimann´s Filmlisten” (12.8.1932) the film was banned for young people.

The German opening of DRACULA took place in January 1970. There are no references to a censorship examination in the 1930es.

by Laura Bezerra, Karin Moser and Tomáš Lachman


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