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Vampyr (1932)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror | 14 August 1934 (USA)
A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.

Director:

Carl Theodor Dreyer (as Carl Th. Dreyer)

Writers:

Sheridan Le Fanu (based on a book by) (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu), Christen Jul (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Albert Bras ... Der alte Diener (The Old Servant)
N. Babanini N. Babanini ... Seine Frau (His Wife)
Jane Mora Jane Mora ... Die Krankenschwester (The Nurse)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Boidin ... Limping Man
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Storyline

Allan Gray arrives late in the evening to a secluded riverside inn in the hamlet of Courtempierre. An old man enters his room, puts a sealed parcel on the table, blurts out that some woman mustn't die, and disappears. Gray senses in this a call for help. He puts the parcel in his pocket, and goes out. Eerie shadows lead him into an old house, where he encounters a weird village doctor. The doctor receives a bottle of poison from a strange, old woman. Through the window of an old castle Gray recognizes the old man from the inn. A shadow shoots the man, who drops dead. Inside the house Gray finds his two daughters, Gisèle and Léone, and some servants. He opens the parcel, and finds an old book about vampires. Léone is seriously ill after being bitten by a vampire. Instead of helping her, the village doctor places the bottle of poison at her bedside table, and then abducts her sister Gisèle. An old servant starts reading the old book, and finds out that the vampire in Courtempierre is a ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | France

Language:

German

Release Date:

14 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castle of Doom See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tobis Filmkunst See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (DVD) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was dubbed into English, French, and German versions for different markets. Its actors came from varied national and linguistic backgrounds, and so in certain versions it appears that some of them are speaking their lines phonetically. Additionally, the film was shot fairly cheaply using an experimental sound process, and the technical quality of the soundtrack leaves much to be desired. Most versions in distribution through the late 1990s (including those on video) are composites of the German and French versions, which differ for cuts made by the censors in each of those countries. As of 2004, no prints of the English version are known to circulate. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor): How is she doing?
Der alte Diener (The Old Servant): Not well at all.
Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor): Oh? Why is that?
Der alte Diener (The Old Servant): We found her out on the grounds.
Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor): Well, let's go see.
Der alte Diener (The Old Servant): She has another of those marks on her neck.
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User Reviews

Surrender to Vampyr's eerie, dreamlike world....
25 February 1999 | by Alph-2See all my reviews

With its fragmented plot, eerie imagery, and air of undefined menace this film more nearly realises the dream state than any other film I've seen.

The story, which follows a young man's discovery of vampiric doings while on a trip to the country, is secondary to the fascinatingly uncanny mood generated by the cinematography and effective use of sound and silence.

Yes, yes, it's old and unconventional, and requires either some extra concentration or complete surrender to its unique world, but the effort is worth it.

Vampyr should especially appeal to fans of cinefantastique, cinema history and maybe even the arthouse crowd.


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