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Because the Dawn (1988)
An Anne Billson-lookalike singing French Draculette (Edwige) wanders
the rock video streets of New York, picking off muggers and coach drivers.
She meets up with a fashion photographer and expresses a wish to be
put up on a billboard in order to experience a form of mortality. With
some '40s-esque blues tunes and lots of style, this wins out over The
Hunger in the modern vampire stakes, but still manages to seem
overextended at three quarters of an hour. It's a short story movie,
and avoids any mystification of the vampire figure, presenting her in
her cape and Marlene outfit as a sensual adventuress, while harping
on the brand of undead melancholia found in Anne Rice's novels or Near
Dark. Arch, but interesting in its odd little way. Directed
by Amy Goldstein.
First Published In: City Limits (issue unknown)
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