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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.


Roger Vadim


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




Complete credited cast:
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


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 Terry Rowan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Drama | Horror | Romance


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Did You Know?


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 »


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 US version of the film eliminates both the original epilogue and prologue as the Professor tells the story of Carmilla, as well as almost every scene with Martha and Marie. That version also includes a totally different ending on which Georgia herself becomes a vampire, as well as an all new voice over narration by Millarca herself. See more »


Referenced in Lisa and the Devil (1973) See more »

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A Hauntingly Memorable Experience
11 February 2006 | by eagleflyerSee all my reviews

A school chum and I saw this film only one time - when it was first released in 1960. During a recent reunion we realized that neither of us has ever forgotten the spellbinding qualities of the movie as a whole! I very clearly remember the impression of having walked into a renaissance-era painting accompanied by a musical score that along with the visuals, created an almost hypnotic state. Elsa Martinelli was a familiar face at that time, but the mysteriously beautiful other actress was not. I now realize she has to have been Annette Vadim. I clearly remember the undercurrent she portrayed with such seemingly effortless skill that it almost felt like watching two separate characters. The other actors and characters seemed to be almost like props in comparison to these two players in the story. I do hope I can see it again.

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France | Italy



Release Date:

14 September 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood and Roses See more »

Filming Locations:

Villa Adriano, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films EGE, Documento Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound)


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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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