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Vampyr (1932)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  6 May 1932 (Germany)
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A traveler obsessed with the supernatural visits an old inn and finds evidence of vampires.

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(as Carl Th. Dreyer)

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(based on a book by) (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu) , (screenplay), 1 more credit »
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Rena Mandel ...
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Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor)
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Der alte Diener (The Old Servant)
N. Babanini ...
Seine Frau (His Wife)
Jane Mora ...
Die Krankenschwester (The Nurse)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Boidin ...
Limping Man
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Storyline

Young traveler Allan Grey, a student obsessed with the occult, arrives in a remote inn and starts seeing weird, inexplicable sights (a man whose shadow has a life of its own, a mysterious scythe-bearing figure tolling a bell, a terrifying dream of his own burial). Things come to a head when one of the daughters of the owner of a nearby castle is dying of what appears to be anemia - or is it something more sinister? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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6 May 1932 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Castle of Doom  »

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(Tobis-Klangfilm)

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1.19 : 1
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Trivia

For much of the cast, this was there only film appearance since they were not professional actors. Henriette Gérard who played the vampire was a French widow, Jan Hieronimko who played the village doctor was a Polish journalist, Rena Mandel who played Gisèle was an artist's model. Even Julian West (real name: Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg) who played Allan Grey, was French-born member of Russian nobility who agreed to finance the film in exchange for the leading part. (He later emigrated to America where he became a powerful fashion journalist and mentor to designers like Calvin Klein.) See more »

Goofs

At exactly 16 minutes (in the Criterion DVD) as the camera pans right, there is a reflection in a glass window of the camera operator cranking the camera. See more »

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An outstanding borderline surrealist nightmare.
8 October 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

It is understandable that many take issue with Vampyr due to an absence of conventional moviemaking factors that make an average film watchable. However, I believe that this is more a problem of the viewer than one with the filmmaker, and it all begins with whether or not one watches expecting to be frightened in a generic horror flick manner. This is not a scary movie; it is one that fundamentally blurs the lines between dreams and reality. It is not a silent film or a talkie, but something in between, and that fits in perfectly with the idea of it being an experience much like a bad dream. There are few professional actors (two, in fact, and neither would be considered the leading actors), and long takes that would drive a Hollywood film editor to distraction. They are selected more for their appearance and natural manner than for any exceptional gift as an actor/actress, and it is my belief that that adds more than detracts from the experience. The reactions of the characters are far more visceral and simple than in most films of this depth, and it helps create the mesmerizing, hypnotic effect few movies can create. It is designed, I believe, to be seen in a dark room, preferably alone and late at night, just prior to going to bed. If the viewer is a little sleepy, so much the better: for the true power of the film will only be revealed as you dwell on it afterwards while you struggle to go to sleep. Then,and only then, will the full might of Carl Theodore Dreyer's vision be revealed.


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