'Til DeathThirty years before Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), second generation vampire Gloria Holden and manservant Irving Pichel kept codependence alive in this scene from Universal's Dracula's Daughter (1936). " /> 'Til DeathThirty years before Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), second generation vampire Gloria Holden and manservant Irving Pichel kept codependence alive in this scene from Universal's Dracula's Daughter (1936). " /> 'Til DeathThirty years before Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), second generation vampire Gloria Holden and manservant Irving Pichel kept codependence alive in this scene from Universal's Dracula's Daughter (1936). " />

“What do you see in my eyes?”

The spell is broken

MARYA:  You think this night will be like all the others, don’t you?  Well, you’re wrong.  Dracula’s destroyed, his body’s in ashes.  The spell is broken.  I can live a normal life now. Think normal things.  Even play normal music again.  Listen.  (She sits at the piano and plays.)  The Cradle Song.  A song my mother once sang to me long, long ago. Rocking me to sleep as she sang in the twilight. 

SANDOR:  Twilight. 

MARYA:  Quiet!  Quiet… you disturb me.  Twilight… long shadows on the hillside. 

SANDOR:  Evil shadows. 

MARYA:  No, no… peaceful shadows.  The flutter of wings in the tree tops. 

SANDOR:  The wings of bats. 

MARYA:  No, no… the wings of birds.  From far off, the barking of a dog. 

SANDOR:  Barking because there are wolves about!

Wolves about

MARYA:  Silence.  I forbid you. 

SANDOR:  Forbid?  Why are you afraid?

MARYA:  I’m not, I’m not… I’ve found release. 

SANDOR:  That music doesn’t speak of release. 

Marya's playing grows more frenzied. 

MARYA:  No… no… you’re right 

SANDOR:  The music tells of the dark.  Evil things.  Shadowy places. 

MARYA:  … stop… stop… STOP! 

Marya jumps up from the piano. 

MARYA: Look at me.  What do you see in my eyes? 

Death

SANDOR:  Death.    

6 Responses “What do you see in my eyes?”
Posted By Ray : April 14, 2007 12:39 pm

Talk about acting with your eyes! Whenever I see Gloria Holden in another movie, I expect her to "go off" into one of her strange trance-like moods but it never happens. And I'm disappointed. "Dracula's Daughter" is completely her film. Watch her in something else like "Test Pilot" or "Dodge City" or "The Life of Emile Zola" and you'll see she was smothered in unmemorable supporting roles. But we'll always have Paris….and Daughter's Daughter.

Posted By Ray : April 14, 2007 12:39 pm

Talk about acting with your eyes! Whenever I see Gloria Holden in another movie, I expect her to "go off" into one of her strange trance-like moods but it never happens. And I'm disappointed. "Dracula's Daughter" is completely her film. Watch her in something else like "Test Pilot" or "Dodge City" or "The Life of Emile Zola" and you'll see she was smothered in unmemorable supporting roles. But we'll always have Paris….and Daughter's Daughter.

Posted By Ray : April 14, 2007 12:45 pm

I meant to say, "We'll always have Paris….and Dracula's Daughter" What the hell is Daughter's Daughter?

Posted By Ray : April 14, 2007 12:45 pm

I meant to say, "We'll always have Paris….and Dracula's Daughter" What the hell is Daughter's Daughter?

Posted By RHS : April 16, 2007 2:38 pm

What the hell is Daughter's Daughter? Just grand!

Posted By RHS : April 16, 2007 2:38 pm

What the hell is Daughter's Daughter? Just grand!

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