Vampyr [1932] [Criterion] (DVD)

Carl Theodor Dreyer

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Synopsis

2-Disc, Special Edition. German intertitles with English subtitles. 

 

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.

Product Details

  • Starring: Jan Hieronimko, Henriette Gerard, Julian West, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz, Maurice Schutz
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 07/22/2008
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 437

Special Features

  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns
  • Carl Th. Dreyer (1966), a documentary by Jorgen Roos chronicling Dreyer's career
  • Visual esay 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 critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and star Nicholas de Gunzburg, as well as a book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul's original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 story "Carmilla", a source for the film

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