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An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Musidora ... Irma Vep
Édouard Mathé ... Philippe Guérande
Marcel Lévesque ... Oscar Mazamette
Jean Aymé ... Le Grand Vampire
Fernand Herrmann ... Juan-José Moréno / Brichonnet

Stacia Napierkowska ... Marfa Koutiloff (episode II)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renée Carl ... L'Andalouse
Suzanne Delvé ... Fleur-de-Lys
Georgette Faraboni ... Danseuse vampire

Jacques Feyder ... (episode V: L'évasion du mort)
Rita Herlor ... Mrs. Simpson (episode I)
Émile Keppens ... Géo Baldwin
Louise Lagrange ... Jeanne Guérande
Suzanne Le Bret ... Hortense - servante d'Irma
Louis Leubas ... Satanas / Père Silence
Maurice Luguet ... De Villemant
Jeanne Marie-Laurent ... Madame Brémontier
Jean-François Martial
Mademoiselle Maxa ... Laure - servante de Moréno
Gaston Michel ... Benjamin - valet de chambre de Mazamette
Frederik Moriss ... Vénénos
Laurent Morléas ... Officier de la Grande Armée
René Poyen ... Eustache Mazamette
Françoise Rosay ... Une invitée chez Mortesaigues
Germaine Rouer ... Augustine
Florense Simoni ... Mère de Guérande
Thelès ... Juge d'instruction
Miss Édith ... Comtesse de Kerlor

Directed by
Louis Feuillade 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Louis Feuillade 

Original Music by
Robert Israel (2000)
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Music Department
Robert Israel .... orchestra leader

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Also Known As:
"The Vampires" - USA (literal English title)
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USA:399 min (DVD)
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Did You Know?

Musidora was an acrobat who did all her own stunts for this film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Throughout various episodes, the same flats were clearly reused for interiors. Many of the same buildings will have the exact same wall paper and wainscoting.See more »
from Phillipe's La Fontaine:[Phillipe and Mazamette have had a disagreement. Phillipe gets out La Fontaine and points to a passage] In all things, one must take the end into account.See more »
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Referenced in Top 10 Lost Horror Films (2010) (V)See more »


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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Amazing glipse into the past!, 8 December 2001
Author: Ace-33 from Westfield, NJ

Now here's a movie that doesn't require a replication of Paris in the early 20th century. The real McCoy is used for the settings, vehicles, costumes, firearms, etc. Since it was filmed in 1916 one can see for example how horse-drawn carriages were still a very popular means of transport in the "modern" sense. If you a true fan of motion picture history -- then you can't afford to miss this gem. It represents the dawn of the motion picture industry before we had well-known movie stars and blockbusters like Intolerance (1916) and Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919).

This film, a series of 10 episodes, tells the story of a gang of thieves and murderers (The Vampire Gang) who are out to create havoc in Paris for their own personal goals. The heros of this tale are a newspaper reporter, Phillipe Guerande, and his hilarious sidekick, Mazamette. Together they aim to foil the latest capers of the gang and find themselves in unexpected trouble throughout the entire series. Ingenious methods by the criminals are used in each episode.

Each episode builds upon the first, so I strongly recommend you watch it in sequence (as if you watching the Sopranos on HBO). It's interesting to see how the characters develop and improve their acting as they gain experience and confidence within their roles. Irma Vep and Mazamette, especially are a treat to watch. Later in the series, both Irma Vep and Mazamete deliberately ham it up for the viewing audience and camera just for fun! Guerande reminded me a lot of Gene Kelly with his clean-cut facial expressions and haircut. Only the last episode (#10) was a disappointment. For some reason, much of the print was washed out in the interior scenes, the tinting inconsistent (many outdoor scenes were red instead of green etc.) and the storyline was unrealistically forced forward (i.e., how did Mazamette enter into Guerande's house at 2:00 am uninvited and how did Guerande climb down the 3rd floor balcony of the Vampires' mansion after he threw away their knotted rope, the Vampires' only means of escape from that level?)

Most episodes are 45 minutes in length, except #10 which is nearly a hour. Even though the entire series runs over 8 hours, don't watch it a double speed as suggested by a previous reviewer. The score adds ambience, suspense & excitement to the Parisian scenes at the appropriate places. Lastly there are two supplements on the DVD. The first is a royal waste (a true supernavel, or "turnip" according to the French), the second is a cute story starring the young boy who played Mazamette's son in "Les Vampires".

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