Vampyr [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1932]

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Special Features

  • The Film:
  • The original German version in a new high-definition digital transfer from the 1998 restoration by Martin Koerber and the Cineteca di Bologna
  • Newly created alternate version with English text
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns
  • The Supplements:
  • Carl Th. Dreyer (1966), a documentary by Jorgen Roos chronicling Dreyer's career
  • Visual essay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer's influences in creating Vampyr
  • Radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking

Synopsis

Vampyr
Vampyr ranks in many circles as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, the story concerns a mysterious series of killings, committed by a crone of a female vampire (Henriette Gerard). The story is told through the eyes of a holiday reveller (Julian West), who at first scoffs at the notion of a supernatural murderer, but who is eventually forced to believe that there are more things in heaven and earth. Dreyer offers few explanations of the phenomena he presents on screen: the strange and frightening happenings just happen, as casually as any everyday occurrence. As was his custom, Dreyer mostly uses nonprofessionals in his cast. Vampyr is available in a wide variety of severely edited and duped versions. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Maurice Schutz - Lord of the Manor
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    Jan Hieronimko - Doctor
  • Rena Mandel
    Rena Mandel - His Daughter Gisele
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    Henriette Gerard - Old Woman at Cemetery
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    Albert Bras - Servant

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