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Les vampires (1915)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 23 November 1916 (USA)
An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.

Director:

Louis Feuillade

Writer:

Louis Feuillade
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Cast

Credited cast:
Musidora ... Irma Vep
Édouard Mathé ... Philippe Guérande
Marcel Lévesque ... Oscar Mazamette
Jean Aymé Jean Aymé ... Le Grand Vampire
Fernand Herrmann ... Juan-José Moréno / Brichonnet
Stacia Napierkowska ... Marfa Koutiloff (episode II)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renée Carl ... L'Andalouse
Suzanne Delvé Suzanne Delvé ... Fleur-de-Lys
Georgette Faraboni Georgette Faraboni ... Danseuse vampire
Jacques Feyder ... (episode V: L'évasion du mort)
Fridolin Fridolin
Rita Herlor Rita Herlor ... Mrs. Simpson (episode I)
Émile Keppens Émile Keppens ... Géo Baldwin
Louise Lagrange ... Jeanne Guérande
Suzanne Le Bret Suzanne Le Bret ... Hortense - servante d'Irma
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An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.

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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

in episode 8 Mazamette is barely able to lift the hatbox with the artillery shell. When Satanas' assistant loads it into the cannon later, his handling shows that it actually weighs very little. See more »

Quotes

Satanas: [intertitle] The man you killed was a subordinate. I, Satanas, am the Grand Vampire.
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Connections

Featured in Irma Vep (1996) See more »

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one great leap for the movies
2 October 2007 | by jonathan-577See all my reviews

A ten-part serial that took eight hours to watch with breaks, this thing defies not just summary but reliable recall: describing it is like trying to describe a year in my life. Chaotic, unpredictable, upside down, with endless sneaky tricks that defy our conception of 'movie' magic because they mainly involve Cirque-type human machines doing things that couldn't have been faked so convincingly at this date. I mean, you can see the splice whenever a character turns on the light, so when the bitchy criminal mastermind Irma Vep gets wrapped up in rope, then rolls down the side of a four-story building like a human yo-yo, you know you're watching history in the making. What's more, and redemptively, the stupid detectives are REALLY stupid, including this outrageous Italian stereotype who keeps nyuk-ing straight into the camera. There's a wild chase-fight scene on a moving train, a gas attack on a large high-society do, a kid accidentally shooting his father in the nose, and God knows what else. This dumbfoundingly imaginative, yet consistently goofy and crowd-pleasing movie could only have happened in a medium whose limits had not yet been properly defined - in fact you can see the definition happening on screen. When I grow up I want to be Henri Langlois, founder of the Cinematheque Francais, who rescued the world's only print of this film from the curb on garbage day. Hooray!


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Official Sites:

Gaumont [France]

Country:

France

Language:

None | French

Release Date:

23 November 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vampires See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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