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Vampyr

Author: Carl Theodor DreyerChristen JulJulian WestMaurice SchutzRena MandelAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2008.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 437.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Biography   Book : GermanView all editions and formats
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"With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyser's brilliance of achieving mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery was for once applied to the horror genre. Yet the result--concerning an occult student assailed by various supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris--is nearly unclassifiable, a host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds
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Genre/Form: Foreign films
Motion pictures, German
Feature films
Motion pictures
Horror films
Vampire films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Horror
Drama
Material Type: Biography, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Theodor Dreyer; Christen Jul; Julian West; Maurice Schutz; Rena Mandel; Sybille Schmitz; Jan Hieronimko; Henriette Gérard; Jørgen Roos; Casper Tybjerg; Rudolph Maté; Wolfgang Zeller; Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu; Janus Films.; Conti Film G.m.b.H.; Danske filminstitut.; Dansk Kulturfilm.; Statens filmcentral (Denmark); Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 160465046X 9781604650464
OCLC Number: 228908852
Language Note: Feature in German with German intertitles and optional English subtitles; special features in German with English intertitles and optional English subtitles.
Notes: Frei nach dem roman [Freely after the novel] 'In a glass darkly' von [by] J. [Joseph] Sheridan Le Fanu.
Title from feature.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1931/32.
Based on the book : In a glass darkly / by J. [Joseph] Sheridan Le Fanu.
Accompanying book, "Writing Vampyr", includes the screenplay by Carl Theodor Dreyer and Christen Jul, and "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu.
Accompanying booklet, "Vampyr", includes the essays "'Vampyr's' Ghosts and Demons" by Mark Le Fanu, "'Vampyr' and the Vampire" by Kim Newman, "Some Notes on the Restoration of Dreyer's 'Vampyr'" by Martin Koerber, and "An Interview with Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg" by Herman G. Weinberg and Gretchen Weinberg.
"VAMPYR was produced in 1931/32 in German, French, and English versions. The original negative for picture and sound was lost. Partially complete prints of the German and French versions served as the basis for this restoration. The new German version of 1998 was a collaboration between Cineteca del Comune de Bologna, Deutsche Kinemathek and ZDF/Arte."--Opening screen note.
Special features (disc 1): optional "English-text version", optional audio commentary by film scholar Tony Rayns.
Special features (disc 2): "Carl Th. Dreyer" biographical documentary (30 min.); "Visual essay" critical essay featurette (36 min.); "Dreyer radio broadcast" audio recording of Dreyer reading an essay on filmmaking (24 min.).
Credits: Photographie, Rudolph Maté ; musik, Wolfgang Zeller; dialogregie und tonschnitt [dialog direction/sound editing], Paul Falkenberg.
Cast: Julian West (Allan Gray), Maurice Schutz (Der Schlossherr [The lock gentleman]), Rena Mandel (Giséle), Sybille Schmitz (Léone, seine töchter [his daughter]), Jan Hieronimko (der Dorfarzt [The village physician]), Henriette Gerard (Die alte Frau vom Friedhof [The old woman of the cemetery]), Albert Bras (Die alte Diener [The old servant]), N. Babanini (seine Frau [his wife]), Jane Mora (Die Krankenschwester [the nurse]).
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 2 videodiscs (73 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (42 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.) and 1 book (214 p. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; Dolby digital mono; 1.19:1 aspect ratio.
Contents: Disc 1 Film Opening credits --
"She must not die" --
Heeding the call --
Doctor --
Chateau --
"The Strange History of the Vampire" --
Léone --
Carriage --
Blood sacrifice --
Story of Marguerite Chopin --
Strange dream of Allan Gray --
Wandering spirit --
Casket with a view --
Vampire's grave --
Apparitions --
Mill --
Color bars (74 min.) Special features: English-text version; Commentary [audio feature with Tony Rayns]. Disc 2 Supplements Carl Th. Dreyer / Det Danske Filminstitut preæsenterer ; produceret for Dansk Kulturfilm af Jørgen Roos film ; Statens Filmcentral (1966) (30 min.) --
Visual essay / Casper Tybjerg ; producer, Issa Clubb (2008) (36 min.); Dreyer radio broadcast / Gideon Bachmann (1958) (24 min.).
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 437.
Other Titles: Vampyr (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Janus Films ; ein Film der Carl Th. Dreyer Produktion ; manuskript [screenplay] Christen Jul und Carl Th. Dreyer ; regie [director], Carl Th. Dreyer ; Weltvertrieb [world distribution] Conti Film G.m.b.H. Berlin.

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"With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyser's brilliance of achieving mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery was for once applied to the horror genre. Yet the result--concerning an occult student assailed by various supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris--is nearly unclassifiable, a host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creating a mood of dreamlike terror. With its rolling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema's great nightmares."--Container.

Disc 1: "This is the tale of the strange adventures of young Allan Gray, who immersed himself in the study of devil worship and vampires. Preoccupied with superstitions of centuries past, he became a dreamer for whom the line between the real and the supernatural became blurred. His aimless wanderings led him late one evening to a secluded inn by the river in a village called Courtempierre"--Title screen. Grey starts seeing weird, inexplicable sights (a man whose shadow has a life of its own, a mysterious scythe-bearing figure tolling a bell, a terrifying dream of his own burial) but things come to a head when one of the daughters of the lord of the castle succumbs to anaemia - or is it something more sinister?

Disc 2: Supplements.

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