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Irma Vep (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 1997 (USA)
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A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maggie Cheung
... René Vidal
... Zoé
Antoine Basler ... Journalist
... Laure
... Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse ... Maïté
... L'américaine
Bernard Nissile ... Markus
Olivier Torres ... Ferdinand / Moreno
... Mireille
... José Mirano
Jacques Fieschi ... Roland
Estelle Larrivaz ... La standardiste
Balthazar Clémenti ... Robert, assistant
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Storyline

French filmmaker René Vidal was once a renowned director, but most see his career on a quick downward slide based on his last several films. In Paris, he is just starting to film his latest movie, a remake of Les vampires (1915), and has hired Hong Kong based Chinese actress Maggie Cheung as the title lead, "Irma Vep" (an anagram for "vampire"), despite she knowing no French and she not being an obvious choice to most. Maggie has never worked with Vidal before and knows little about his movies, but many of his primarily French crew are part of his regular stable. As such, Maggie may become isolated among the cast and crew, unless there are those who bring her into their English conversations, they who may have somewhat ulterior motives in doing so. There are also factions within the cast and crew, who, based on their history, have a poisoned sense of what is going on. With Vidal, he is dealing with some personal issues while he tries to regain his film making form. He may transfer his... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

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Ирма Веп  »

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$191,164, 10 August 1997
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The title is the anagram of "vampire". See more »

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After René says, "respect the silence" to Maggie, he speaks to a woman and takes a drink from a big plastic Coke bottle. He screws the cap on, then hands her the bottle. She turns around, and the cap is missing. See more »

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References Dong fang san xia (1993) See more »

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Soukora
Written by Ali Farka Touré
Performed by Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder
Courtesy of Hannibal Records, a Rykodisc Label and World Circuit Ltd
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Fast
4 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a fast movie! Shot in 3 weeks with a budget not fit for an ad, Irma Vep has its roots in a silent masterpiece and explodes right in the 21st century. The plot is only a pretext to explore what cinema has become today. It is an excellent ride in the History of this art-form. I loved it. It is subtle and fast.


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