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Release Date:
23 November 1916 (USA) See more »
Plot:
An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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)
Fridolin
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 
 
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Louis Feuillade 

Original Music by
Robert Israel (2000)
 
Cinematography by
Manichoux 
 
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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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Including among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider.See more »
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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 »
Quotes:
Satanas:[note to Irma Vep, who is on a prison-bound ship] Fake a sprain when you embark. You will be sent to the infirmary in the stern. The explosion will take place at the bow. If you survive, come to Paris. Otherwise, death will be better than perpetual detention.See more »
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Referenced in Top 10 Lost Horror Films (2010) (V)See more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
one great leap for the movies, 2 October 2007
Author: jonathan-577 from Canada

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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