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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.

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Claude Brulé (original story), Sheridan Le Fanu (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mel Ferrer ... Leopoldo De Karnstein
Elsa Martinelli ... Georgia Monteverdi
Annette Stroyberg ... Carmilla (as Annette Vadim)
Alberto Bonucci Alberto Bonucci ... Carlo Ruggieri
René-Jean Chauffard René-Jean Chauffard ... Dr. Verari (as R.J. Chauffard)
Gabriella Farinon ... Lisa (as Gaby Farinon)
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Giuseppe
Edith Peters Edith Peters ... The Cook (as Edith Arlene Peters Catalano)
Nathalie Lafaurie Nathalie Lafaurie ... Marie (as Nathalie LaFaurie)
Carmilla Stroyberg Carmilla Stroyberg ... Martha (as Camilla Stroyberg)
Marc Allégret ... Judge Monteverdi
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Beyond Reason! Beyond Belief! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 September 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood and Roses See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Documento Film, Films EGE See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound)

Color:

Black and White (dream sequence)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Lee was originally considered for the role of Count Karnestein (probably to make the film marketable for fans of his Hammer vampire films) but the part eventually went to his friend Mel Ferrer. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese cut has slightly different opening credits and omits the Paramount logo at the end. See more »

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Referenced in Emotion (1966) See more »

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Today's audience can keep "Twilight", I have this!
8 November 2009 | by matheusmarchettiSee all my reviews

In a world where films such as "Twilight" are considered great vampire flicks, a little unknown gem like "Blood and Roses" comes as a extremely pleasant surprise as it is one of those films that you expect nothing from and turn out to be real cinematic works of art. Unfairly underrated director Roger Vadim creates a dark, tragic love story, filled with beautiful landscapes, terrifying Gothic atmosphere, surrealistic feel, a lovely soundtrack and a suspenseful build up to a shocking and heartbreaking finale. Vadim adapts Sheridan La Fanu's "Carmilla" with a modern twist, whilst keeping the poetry and the eroticism that so many other, more "faithful" adaptations lack. Making "Carmilla" a much more human character was a clever choice and makes you feel sympathy for her character, so therefore you actually feel bad for both the victims and the killer, which is something that usually lacks in horror films, at least in such an intelligent way. Annette Vadim helps bringing the character to life, and is here in one of her best performances. Mel Ferrer and Elsa Martinelli have a wonderful chemistry together and are perfect choices for the supporting roles. Another of the film's highlights is the cinematography, that unfortunately doesn't show it's full Technicolor glory in the film's bad VHS print. Hopefully, one day Paramount will release this masterpiece in DVD or Blu-Ray with it's gorgeous visuals as Vadim intended. 10/10 - a masterpiece. One of the best vampire movies ever made.


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