So, why look at it here? After Stoker borrowed a name for his character and, more tellingly, after the work of McNally and Florescu, who popularised the idea that Stoker based his character on Ţepeş, the identities of Dracula have become inextricably linked in the Western mind. Whilst Stoker did only borrow a name I think it worth including material about (the historical) Ţepeş here, if only to make the point that the connection between the two is casual at best.
|Stefan Sileanu as Vlad Ţepeş|
This is a very long film, but it is an excellent biopic, offering a different view of Ţepeş and giving us insight into why he is still considered a national hero in his homeland. The imdb page is here.