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Zora the Vampire

Italy's flood of Central European immigrants is the inspiration behind this comedy, which imagines Dracula, in Transylvania with his satellite dish, succumbing to the charms of girls on Italian TV and staging a raid on Rome. Leaden-footed direction by tyro team the Manetti Brothers dulls this occasionally amusing parody of Murnau's "Nosferatu," and helmers soon take off into the more immediately profitable territory of Roman-dialect youth comedy.

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With: Toni Bertorelli, Micaela Ramazzotti, Carlo Verdone, Chef Ragoo, Lele Vannoli, Ivo Garrani.

Italy’s flood of Central European immigrants is the inspiration behind this comedy, which imagines Dracula, in Transylvania with his satellite dish, succumbing to the charms of girls on Italian TV and staging a raid on Rome. Leaden-footed direction by tyro team the Manetti Brothers dulls this occasionally amusing parody of Murnau’s “Nosferatu,” and helmers soon take off into the more immediately profitable territory of Roman-dialect youth comedy.

Arriving in Italy by raft, Dracula (Toni Bertorelli) and his faithful servant (Lele Vannoli) find their currency worthless and have to adapt to life in a slum. While stalked by a police hit squad led by a super-cool cop (producer Carlo Verdone), Dracula falls for ballsy Zora (Micaela Ramazzotti), a pretty spray-painter not averse to becoming his bride. Jump cuts and split screens give pic an MTV look to go with the Italian rap track by Squartu. Stage vet Bertorelli makes a seriously subtle prince of vampires and Vannoli is funny as his servant-turned-car-thief, but Verdone is way below average in a role he simply struts through.

Zora the Vampire

Italy

Production: A Cecchi Gori Distribuzione release of a Virginia Film production. Produced by Carlo Verdone, Mauro Scaffardi. Directed, written by the Manetti Brothers.

Crew: Camera (color), Federico Schlatter; editor, Federico Maneschi; music, Squartu; art director, Pierluigi Manetti. Reviewed at Quirinale Cinema, Rome, Oct. 13, 2000. Original title: Zora la vampira. Running time: 117 MIN.

With: With: Toni Bertorelli, Micaela Ramazzotti, Carlo Verdone, Chef Ragoo, Lele Vannoli, Ivo Garrani.

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