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Blood and Roses (1960)

Et mourir de plaisir (original title)
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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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 as 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 »

Connections

Remade as The Blood Spattered Bride (1972) See more »

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and to die of pleasure
8 May 2007 | by andrabemSee all my reviews

I saw this film a long time ago in the television. I can still remember the atmosphere and gentle horror that permeate the film. "Et mourir de plaisir" is based on "Carmilla", an horror tale written by Sheridan Le Fanu. I had already read the book as a child and had liked it very much. Later on I saw this film on television and I was deeply impressed - the atmosphere, the castle and landscape surrounding it, the two girlfriends running together and laughing (one of them will die because the other one is in reality a vampire), beautiful flowers ... weave together a delicate tapestry.

Contrary to the Hammer film "The Vampire Lovers" in which the girls relationship is explored very briefly and superficially, "Et Mourir de Plaisir" shows in more detail the delicate love story between two girls lived until death did them part.

I don't remember so well the film after such a long time, but some images remained with me, and those images dictate the words I'm writing now.


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