Vampyr /

A young traveler finds a remote castle, and starts seeing mysterious things, only to find that his own nightmares are coming true.

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Other Authors / Creators:Dreyer, Carl Theodor, 1889-1968, producer, director, screenwriter.
Jul, Christen, screenwriter.
West, Julian, 1904-1981, producer, actor.
Gérard, Henriette, actor.
Hieronimko, Jan, actor.
Schmitz, Sybille, 1909-1955, actor.
Schutz, Maurice, actor.
Mandel, Rena, 1901-1987, actor.
Maté, Rudolph, 1899-1964, director of photography.
Zeller, Wolfgang, 1893-1967, composer.
Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan, 1814-1873. Carmilla.
Rayns, Tony, commentator.
Ross, Jørgen. Vampyr's ghosts and demons.
Tybjerg, Casper. Vampyr and the vampire.
Le Fanu, Mark. Some notes on the restoration of Dryer's Vampyr.
Newman, Kim. Vampyr.
Koerber, Martin.
Dreyer, Carl Theodor, 1889-1968.
Format: DVD
Language notes:German dialogue with optional alternate English text or English subtitles.
Imprint: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2008]
Series:Criterion collection ; 437.
Summary:A young traveler finds a remote castle, and starts seeing mysterious things, only to find that his own nightmares are coming true.
With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer's brilliance at achieving mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery (as in The Passion of Joan of Arc and Day of Wrath) was for once applied to the horror genre. Yet the result - concerning an occult student assailed by various supernatural haunts and local evildoers at an inn 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 roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema's great nightmares.
Item Description:Based on the story 'Carmilla' from 'In a glass darkly' by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1932.
Special edition features: disc one: 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 credited alternate version with English text, audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns, new and improved English subtitle translation. Disc two: Carl Th. Dreyer (1966), a documentary by Jørgen 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. A booklet featuring new essays by Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and star Nicolas de Gunzburg, as well as a book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul's original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu 1872 story "Carmilla," a source for the film.
Physical Description:2 videodiscs (74 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (214 pages).
System Details:DVD, Dolby Digital mono, 1.19:1 aspect ratio.
Audience:Not rated.
Credits:Screenplay, Carl Theodor Dreyer and Christen Jul ; director, Carl Theodor Dreyer ; producer, Charles Theodor Dreyer and Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg ; cinematography, Rudolph Maté ; music, Wolfgang Zeller.
Cast:Julian West, Henriette Gérard, Jan Hieronimko, Sybille Schmitz, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel.