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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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Beyond Reason! Beyond Belief! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Romance

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14 September 1960 (France)  »

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Blood and Roses  »

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(Western Electric Sound)

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(dream sequence)| (Technicolor)

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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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Version of Crypt of the Vampire (1964) See more »

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and to die of pleasure
8 May 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I saw this film a long time ago in the television. I can still remember the atmosphere and gentle horror that permeate the film. "Et mourir de plaisir" is based on "Carmilla", an horror tale written by Sheridan Le Fanu. I had already read the book as a child and had liked it very much. Later on I saw this film on television and I was deeply impressed

  • the atmosphere, the castle and landscape surrounding it, the two
girlfriends running together and laughing (one of them will die because the other one is in reality a vampire), beautiful flowers ... weave together a delicate tapestry.

Contrary to the Hammer film "The Vampire Lovers" in which the girls relationship is explored very briefly and superficially, "Et Mourir de Plaisir" shows in more detail the delicate love story between two girls lived until death did them part.

I don't remember so well the film after such a long time, but some images remained with me, and those images dictate the words I'm writing now.


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