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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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A Note About the Film and Sound Quality See more (96 total) »

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:
Carl Theodor Dreyer preferred to work with non-professional actors, and most of the actors which appear in this film were amateurs that he met on the streets of Paris. The only professional actors in the film were Sybille Schmitz and Maurice Schutz.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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69 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
A Note About the Film and Sound Quality, 15 November 2002
Author: jacksflicks from Hollywood

I can't improve on the fine reviews of the movie itself, but there are two major factors connected with the making of the film that may have been overlooked.

If by "poor quality," the reference is to the washed out, somewhat spotty look of the print, please be aware that this was deliberate. Cinematographer Matté had accidently opened a can of exposed film, and when Dreyer saw the result, he was delighted. It was just the effect he had been looking for.

"Vampyr" was originally shot as a silent. It was only later half-dubbed with voice-overs. Again, however, like the fortuitous "damage" to the print, the sparse and somewhat vague, even incoherent, dialogue contributes to the sense of dislocation which, I believe, is one of the great virtues of this genre masterpiece.

Like many, the first time I saw "Vampyr" I was put off by its obscurity and, yes, the "mutilated" video and audio. But as I saw more Dreyer and learned to stop trying to deconstruct the thing, I really began to like it. Now, I love it. If your first viewing of "Vampyr" leaves you the way it left me the first time, don't give up on it. It's on video, so buy a copy and pick your moments to watch it. You'll be rewarded.

An aside: Julian West, who played the lead, was also backer of the film and is credited, along with Dreyer, as producer. He is said to have been as spacey in real life as he was in character.

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