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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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Was Not Expecting What I Got
19 July 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

After a look at some strange creatures, the narrator and camera take us to the Chaco forest, on the borders of Paraguay.

I entered this film expecting something to do with vampires, and that is not really what I received. It does have clips from Murnau's "Nosferatu" and uses this to segue to the vampire bat. Painleve sees a parallel between the parasitic vampire and the world of bats.

This film does have some great early animal footage. Not sure how many animal films were around in the 1940s, but certainly not many, and any documentation of animal life is welcome. I almost feel bad for the guinea pig that was being used as a guinea pig.

Not sure how this film was avant garde. Really, it was mostly just an informative film, something you might show as a filmstrip to a classroom.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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