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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

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


Referenced in Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

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Beautiful and an Interesting movie
29 July 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

I'm a fan of director Roger Vadim's movie. They have vividness that's uniquely his. This movie is no exception. The details are superb, and eroticism shown can only be put on screen by a genius who's born with talent. The thought provoking plot is built into the picture itself. The mood , the camera angle, all tells a story while heightening the mood. It's an art that I wish more Hollywood directors would learn how to do.

Anette Vadim is beautiful in this movie. Obviously Roger Vadim knows how to pick his women.

The movie has lavishness, and esprit that more modern movies can't emulate.

The movie is low on technical sophistication, or overt gore of vampirism, but you need to see it to appreciate how interesting, and beautiful this movie is.

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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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