I’m trying to take a little Buck 65, an obscure legal case surrounding a silent 1922 German film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, Hip Hop, Romania, still photography, and fuse it all together into something that will make for a compelling one hour story.  So far all the bits and pieces don’t add up to much on their own.  I’m looking for a through line.

I spent the last several hours doing research for Crimes of the Art.  I watched ‘Nosferatu’, the first film ever made (1922) that was based on Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’,  I did a thumbnail history of Vlad Tepis, a Romanian prince who lived in the 15th century, whom the legend of Dracula is based on, and I did some reading on the making of Nosferatu.  All prints of the film were supposed to have been destroyed in 1924 after the filmmakers lost a legal rights battle to Bram Stoker’s widow.  A few prints survived and today the entire 124 minutes of the film can be seen for free on the internet.

For the moment, I’m content to let the bits trickle into my imagination and stew for awhile.  I’m sure that by the time I get off the plane in Bucharest, in 19 days, I’ll have something figured out.

At first pass, I think this story could take place from the perspective of the obscure film print that survived destruction in Germany, wound up in Paris, was eventually bought by Universal twenty years later, translated to english, and rereleased in 1947.  A ‘B’ story could be the legal case, which the filmmakers should have won, had they had enough money to defend themselves.  The C story could be Bram Stoker releasing the book in 1897.  The D story could be Vlad Tepis.

But how does it all come together?

This is the kind of writing I live for.  There’s a puzzle here that needs solving.  It’s composed of pieces that were never meant to fit together.  And when I’m finished, it will be a story, hosted and narrated by Buck 65, and may include Hip Hop dancing.  We’ll see.

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