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Le vampire (1945)

A short look at the vampire bat sucking blood from a guinea pig.

Director:

Jean Painlevé

Star:

Max Schreck
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Max Schreck ... Nosferatu (archive footage)
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After a look at some strange creatures, the narrator and camera take us to the Chaco forest, on the borders of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, where a vampire bat lives, desmodus rotondus, attacking wildlife and domesticated creatures, killing small ones by draining all their blood and killing large ones by leaving a parasite in their bloodstream. Four inches long, with a 12-inch wingspread, we see it walk, approach a victim, pull out a patch of fur large enough for it to engage its teeth, then lap six or seven ounces of blood. Its saliva may be an anesthetic keeping its victims from waking. A stub nose and harelip contribute to its efficiency and its hideous look. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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O vrikolakas See more »

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1.37 : 1
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LE VAMPIRE {Short} (Jean Painlevé, 1939-45) **1/2
16 January 2014 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This has nothing to do with the undead vampire of folklore, but rather a nature documentary about bloodsucking members of the animal world – including a few insects, but concentrating especially on the vampire bat. The critter is shown in uncomfortable close-up literally burrowing for sustenance into the cheek of a unfortunate guinea pig!

The 6-year shooting schedule for what amounts to just 9 minutes of film is baffling – unless WWII and the Nazi occupation of France made it difficult for the director to operate at his leisure! Incidentally, just as mysteriously, 23 of his efforts were released on DVD by Criterion (of all companies!) under the collective moniker SCIENCE IS FICTION…but, it is safe to say, that I will not be bothering to find out what makes them worthy of such 'prestigious' branding!


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