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Writers:
Sheridan Le Fanu (based on a book by)
Christen Jul (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
6 May 1932 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
A traveler obsessed with the supernatural visits an old inn and finds evidence of vampires. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Julian West ... Allan Grey
Maurice Schutz ... Der Schlossherr (The Lord of the Manor)
Rena Mandel ... Gisèle
Sybille Schmitz ... Léone
Jan Hieronimko ... Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor)
Henriette Gérard ... Die alte Frau von Friedhof (The Old Woman from the Cemetery) (as Henriette Gérard)
Albert Bras ... 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

Directed by
Carl Theodor Dreyer  (as Carl Th. Dreyer)
 
Writing credits
Sheridan Le Fanu (based on a book by) (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu)

Christen Jul (screenplay) and
Carl Theodor Dreyer (screenplay) (as Carl Th. Dreyer)

Produced by
Carl Theodor Dreyer .... producer (uncredited)
Julian West .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Wolfgang Zeller 
 
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté 
Louis Née (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Tonka Taldy (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hermann Warm 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Preben Birch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ralph Christian Holm .... assistant director (uncredited)
Eliane Tayar .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
César Silvagni .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hans Bittman .... sound recordist (as Dr. Hans Bittman)
Paul Falkenberg .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Henri Armand .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Falkenberg .... dialogue director
Jorgen S. Jorgensen .... presenter (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Castle of Doom" - USA (dubbed version)
"Not Against the Flesh" - USA
"The Vampire" - USA (copyright title)
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Runtime:
Germany:83 min | USA:75 min | Argentina:75 min | Belgium:75 min | Spain:70 min (DVD edition)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.19 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear in the Dark (1991) (TV)See more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Visually stunning: The artistic representation of a nightmare, 9 February 2006

"Vampyr", one of the first horror movies with sound, is the work of the highly influential danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. After directing the monumental "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc" in 1928, Dreyer decided to make this modest film based on the novel "In a Glass Darkly" by Sheridan Le Fanu; while this is indeed his first movie with sound, it was conceived as a silent film, and the movie contains very few dialog.

I must admit that as many, I was left with a big question mark in my face as the story was progressing; but the apparently disjointed storyline do make sense, as it is worked as a surreal experience of the lead character, it is as if Dreyer had filmed a nightmare, complete with the haunting images and eerie atmosphere.

The movie is about a traveler, named Allan Grey (Julian West), who gets involved in a nightmarish plot when the owner of the inn where he is staying asks him for help to save his family from what he believes is a vampire. We follow Allan Grey in his surrealistic trip to madness as he finds out more and more about the supposed vampire that haunts the manor turned inn.

The highly inventive camera work is truly outstanding, the combination of light and darkness is among the finest work in a black & white film and alone makes the movie worth a look; the movie not only has the structure of a nightmare, it also looks like one. The Gothic manor and the lonely rural exteriors increase the haunting atmosphere and the beautiful images Dreyer conceived are the work of a genius.

The structure of the script may be complicated, but it shows its influence over David Lynch and other filmmakers with similar surrealist story lines and dreamlike sequences. It is probably not a masterpiece of the likes of the aforementioned "Passion" or the more well-known "Day of Wrath" (Vredens dag, 1943), but "Vampyr" shines with its own light as one of the finest horror movies of that period.

The only real flaw in my opinion, was that the lead actor, Julian West, was probably not the best choice for a lead role, as his acting seems unnatural and not believable. I'm not sure if this was intended that way or had more to do with the fact that West produced the film, but it is my only complain about "Vampyr".

This modest masterpiece is a must see for any horror fan or anyone who likes silent movies. It is a nightmarish trip to the darker parts of the subconscious mind. 8/10

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