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Les vampires (1915)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 23 November 1916 (USA)
An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.

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Marfa Koutiloff (episode II)
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L'Andalouse
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Fleur-de-Lys
Georgette Faraboni ...
Danseuse vampire
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(episode V: L'évasion du mort)
Fridolin
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Mrs. Simpson (episode I)
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Géo Baldwin
Louise Lagrange ...
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Hortense - servante d'Irma
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An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

In the 2012 Kino Lorber remastered DVD, the English subtitles have some errors. In episode 8, "The Lord of Thunder", Satanas intends to rescue Irma Vep from a prison ship bound for Algeria. Disguised as a priest, he passes her a coded message which rearranges into "Le navire sautera". Colloquially, this means,"The ship will blow up", but the subtitle translates this as "Jump overboard"; probably a good piece of advice anyway, as he does arrange to explode the ship. Later on in the same episode, Satanas plants a bomb in Guérande's apartment, and tells the paralyzed reporter that "the house will jump in five minutes"; same mistranslation. See more »

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Philippe Guérande: [writing] Can we imagine a more horrifying scene than one of a bandit awakening from a lethargic sleep and lunging at an unfortunate night watchman's throat?
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one great leap for the movies
2 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A ten-part serial that took eight hours to watch with breaks, this thing defies not just summary but reliable recall: describing it is like trying to describe a year in my life. Chaotic, unpredictable, upside down, with endless sneaky tricks that defy our conception of 'movie' magic because they mainly involve Cirque-type human machines doing things that couldn't have been faked so convincingly at this date. I mean, you can see the splice whenever a character turns on the light, so when the bitchy criminal mastermind Irma Vep gets wrapped up in rope, then rolls down the side of a four-story building like a human yo-yo, you know you're watching history in the making. What's more, and redemptively, the stupid detectives are REALLY stupid, including this outrageous Italian stereotype who keeps nyuk-ing straight into the camera. There's a wild chase-fight scene on a moving train, a gas attack on a large high-society do, a kid accidentally shooting his father in the nose, and God knows what else. This dumbfoundingly imaginative, yet consistently goofy and crowd-pleasing movie could only have happened in a medium whose limits had not yet been properly defined - in fact you can see the definition happening on screen. When I grow up I want to be Henri Langlois, founder of the Cinematheque Francais, who rescued the world's only print of this film from the curb on garbage day. Hooray!


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