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Blood and Roses (1960)

Et mourir de plaisir (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 14 September 1960 (France)
A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.

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Leopoldo De Karnstein
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Carmilla (as Annette Vadim)
Alberto Bonucci ...
Carlo Ruggieri
René-Jean Chauffard ...
Dr. Verari (as R.J. Chauffard)
Gabriella Farinon ...
Lisa (as Gaby Farinon)
Serge Marquand ...
Giuseppe
Edith Peters ...
The Cook (as Edith Arlene Peters Catalano)
Nathalie Lafaurie ...
Marie (as Nathalie LaFaurie)
Carmilla Stroyberg ...
Martha (as Camilla Stroyberg)
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Young Carmilla is jealous of her friend's engagement, and her obsession leads her to the tomb of a female vampire. The vampire possesses her and leads her to kill and terrorise the inhabitants of the estate. But is it all in her mind, or is she really under the control of an ancient vampire ancestor? Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Lee was originally considered for the role of Count Karnestein, (probably as to make the film marketable for fans of his Hammer vampire films) but the part eventually went to his friend Mel Ferrer. See more »

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In three shots from the same scene, the bloodstain on Carmilla's dress moves from the right to the left side, then back to the right side again. See more »

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Referenced in Lisa and the Devil (1973) See more »

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The legend continues with Georgia, the last female Karnstein .
9 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

An art house horror movie. Probably missed by horror fans, the film depicts a vampiress as romantic. The music by Jean Prodromidès and the cinematography by Claude Renoir certainly add to the romantic feeling throughout. A Harlequin horror film? Even the long shots in this film have a grace seldom seen. It often looks as if one is viewing and Impressionistic painting.

Carmilla (Annette Vadim) visits an abbey where the vampiress is buried and we see an immediate change in her mood. Was she possessed? It isn't clear.

Don't look for blood and guts or lesbian scenes. Everything happens off screen, even in the original version. But, it was a beautiful love story.


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