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Vampyr -- Freely adapted from classic Victorian supernatural tales by author Sheridan Le Fanu, "Vampyr" tells the story of a young man who becomes involved with two sisters, one of whom, wasting away with a strange sickness, turns out to be the victim of a vampire. Director Carl Theodor Dreyer transformed Le Fanu's horror tales into a mystic quest, a meditation on the theme of death, and neatly fashioned it as an abstract experimental film. The camera is like a sleepwalker, leading us, trancelike, into a labyrinth from which cause and effect have disappeared. The hauntingly sinister atmosphere created is disquieting and unforgettable.

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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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(32 articles)
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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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The movie was dubbed into English, French, and German versions for different markets. Its actors came from varied national and linguistic backgrounds, and so in certain versions it appears that some of them are speaking their lines phonetically. Additionally, the film was shot fairly cheaply using an experimental sound process, and the technical quality of the soundtrack leaves much to be desired. Most versions in distribution through the late 1990s (including those on video) are composites of the German and French versions, which differ for cuts made by the censors in each of those countries. As of 2004, no prints of the English version are known to circulate.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 »

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Is "Vampyr" based on a book?
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49 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Required Viewing!, 7 August 2000

Brilliant! Breathtaking! This film was worth the long wait I imposed on myself to see it. It is not the most cohesive narrative about, but it has images that linger with you....haunt you. The film is basically a silent with some speaking. It tells a story about Allan Grey and how he was introduced into a vampire's conspiracy to kill two sisters. Grey is brought in for aid by their father who dies while trying to fight the infection coursing through his daughter's veins. What then follows is pure cinematic magic as Grey...opening a book that the father wrote was to be opened upon his death...begins reading the book on vampires whilst it is going on right around him. The mixture of action and the text from the book create a wonderfully eerie atmosphere and convey a feeling of dread and despair. There are many scenes in Vampyr, directed with fluidity by Carl Dreyer, that are incredibly well-done. The dream sequence in particular explores various camera angles, hitherto not used. As I said before, it is not the tightest story and it has some gaping holes in the plot that are never explained, but that really is not very important because the film succeeds as a film of haunting imagery...fear based on illusion and shadows.

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LOL, before her name was revealed I thought Marguerite Chopin was a man! Magneto_the_Grey
Is this very good? jgunn81
Criterion edition: NOT the full staking scene kriegerg69
Criterion DVD vs Image DVD thegalaxybeing
Allan Gray not Allan Grey? si-ga-sahab
Help with ending... *spoilers* Gia258
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