Irma Vep [Special Edition] [DVD] [1996]

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Special Features

  • 16:9 anamorphic widescreen transfer, available for the first time in North America
  • Audio commentary: a discussion with director Olivier Assayas and critic Jean-Michel Frodon
  • 30 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, plus an additional audio essay by Assayas and Frodon
  • "Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung" (1997), a short film by Assayas
  • Black-and-white rushes
  • Original French theatrical trailer
  • 20-page booklet with essays on Maggie Cheung and Les Vampires director Louis Feuillade by Assayas, and on appreciation by critic Kent Jones


Irma Vep
Written and directed by Olivier Assayas, Irma Vep tells the story of has-been French filmmaker René Vidal (Jean-Pierre Léaud). In an attempt to reinvigorate his career, Vidal decides to remake Les Vampires, the classic silent serial featuring the adventures of jewel thief Irma Vep. Playing herself, actress Maggie Cheung is cast as the lead, joining Vidal on a chaotic set where he gets little respect from the rest of the cast and crew. Speaking no French, Cheung finds herself fending off the advances of lesbian costumer Zoé (Nathalie Richard), sticking up for Vidal, and becoming so immersed in her role that she burgles the guests of her hotel while in costume. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Maggie Cheung
    Maggie Cheung - Maggie
  • Jean-Pierre Léaud
    Jean-Pierre Léaud - Rene Vidal
  • Nathalie Richard
    Nathalie Richard - Zoe
  • Antoine Basler
    Antoine Basler - Journalist Who Loves John Woo
  • Nathalie Boutefeu
    Nathalie Boutefeu - Laure
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