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Vampyr (1932)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror | 6 May 1932 (Germany)
A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.

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(as Carl Th. Dreyer)

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

Complete credited cast:
... Allan Grey
... Der Schlossherr (The Lord of the Manor)
... Gisèle
... Léone
... Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor)
... Die alte Frau von Friedhof (The Old Woman from the Cemetery) (as Henriette Gérard)
Albert Bras ... Der alte Diener (The Old Servant)
N. Babanini ... Seine Frau (His Wife)
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 Grey recognizes the old man from the inn. A shadow shoots the man, who drops dead. Inside the house Grey 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

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Release Date:

6 May 1932 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Castle of Doom  »

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(Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first talking picture directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. 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): Did you hear that?
Allan Grey: Yes. The child.
Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor): The child?
Allan Grey: Yes. Yes. The child.
Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor): There's no child here.
Allan Grey: But the dogs!
Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor): There are no children or dogs here.
Allan Grey: No?
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Dreyer's spectral masterwork

"Vampyr" is unlike any other movie ever made, and certainly unlike any other "horror" movie ever made. It's a spectral masterwork in which poetic audiovisual allusions create suggestions of events, as in the scene where the shadows get up and dance, or the ghostly scene when the vampire strikes her victim. It is a film of atmosphere, of light and shadow, played out on themes of death and rebirth.


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