Vampyr

Vampyr

Julian West
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer Cast: Julian West
Julian West
, Maurice Schutz
Maurice Schutz
, Jan Hieronimko
Jan Hieronimko
Carl Theodor Dreyer

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2017
UPC: 0715515204910
Original Release: 1932
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:13:00
Sales rank: 11,693

Special Features

High-definition digital transfer of the original German-language version of the film from the 1998 restoration by Martin Koerber and the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Alternate version with English text; Audio commentary from 2008 featuring film scholar Tony Rayns; Carl Th. Dreyer, a 1966 documentary by Jørgen Roos chronicling Dreyer's career; Video essay from 2008 by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer's influnces in creating Vampyr; Radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julian West David Gray
Maurice Schutz Lord of the Manor
Jan Hieronimko Doctor
Sybille Schmitz His Daughter Leone
Rena Mandel His Daughter Gisele
Henriette Gerard Old Woman at Cemetery
Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg David Gray
Albert Bras Servant
N. Babanini His Wife

Technical Credits
Carl Theodor Dreyer Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg Producer
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Louis Nee Cinematographer
Hermann Warm Art Director
Julian West Producer
Wolfgang Zeller Score Composer

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