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Irma Vep (1996)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  30 April 1997 (USA)
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A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

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Maggie
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René Vidal
Nathalie Richard ...
Zoé
Antoine Basler ...
Journalist
Nathalie Boutefeu ...
Laure
Alex Descas ...
Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse ...
Maïté
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L'américaine
Bernard Nissile ...
Markus
Olivier Torres ...
Ferdinand / Moreno
Bulle Ogier ...
Mireille
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José Mirano
Jacques Fieschi ...
Roland
Estelle Larrivaz ...
La standardiste
Balthazar Clémenti ...
Robert, assistant
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Rene Vidal, a director in decline, decides to remake Louis Feuillade's silent serial "Les Vampires." Believing no French actress can match Musidora as Irma Vep (an anagram for vampire), he casts Hong Kong action heroine Maggie Cheung, though she speaks no French. On the chaotic set, she's aided by Zoe, the wardrobe mistress with a crush on her; she defends Vidal to a Parisian journalist who trashes all French film and praises John Woo and Schwarzenegger; she befriends Vidal when he goes over the edge; and, in costume, she breaks into a hotel suite to steal jewels as her victim talks on the phone. We also watch the making, the rushes, and the remains of Vidal's unfinished film. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$191,164 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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The title is the anagram of "vampire". See more »

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After René says, "respect the silence" to Maggie, he speaks to a woman and takes a drink from a big plastic Coke bottle. He screws the cap on, then hands her the bottle. She turns around, and the cap is missing. See more »

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Performed by Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder
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A New Syntax Of Film-Making
10 September 2000 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

It is the first time I see this 1996 feature of Maggie Cheung and Oliver Assayas, the director and her husband. Some negative comments I had read in the past several years. But to me, this movie is refreshing, and in fact, excellent. Difficult to classify it, but classification seems not that important, and what really matters should be the overall effect. Assayas has said the world kept changing, and thus inventing new syntax to describe the circumstance around us was necessary. It also seems to be the best description of the style of this movie. Conveys so much information but I can't see a strong storyline. Also very natural is the manner used to convey those information. Nothing very exciting, but to me, it is very watchable. Praise-worthy is also the music. A must see !


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