Vampyr Film Still

Vampyr

Carl Th. Dreyer

 
Vampyr (Criterion DVD)

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2 Discs

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  • Denmark
  • 1932
  • 73 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • German
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  • Spine #437

With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s brilliance at achieving mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery (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 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 roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema’s great nightmares.

Cast

Allan Gray Julian West
Lord of the chateau Maurice Schutz
GisèleRena Mandel
LéoneSybille Schmitz
The doctor Jan Hieronimko
The woman from the graveyard Henriette Gerard
The old servant Albert Bras
His wifeN. Babanini
The nurseJane Mora

Credits

DirectorCarl Th. Dreyer
ScreenplayChristen Jul and Carl Th. Dreyer
From a novel bySheridan Le Fanu
CinematographyRudolph Maté
Art directionHermann Warm
MusicWolfgang Zeller

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • 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
  • 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
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: 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

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Vampyr’s Ghosts and Demons

By Mark Le FanuJuly 21, 2008

A glance at Vampyr should begin with a glance at its Danish begetter, Carl Theodor Dreyer . . . Read more »

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News

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June 10, 2010

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News

Communication Arts Features Vampyr

October 16, 2008

Michael Boland’s design for Criterion’s special edition release of Vampyr has gotten some . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Vampyr Resurrected

September 11, 2008

“Before there were Luis Buñuel, Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, or Andrei Tarkovsky (not to . . . Read more »


Vampyr and the Vampire

By Kim NewmanJuly 21, 2008

A search for films using the word vampire or vamp in the title will turn up dozens of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Vampyr’s Ghosts and Demons

By Mark Le FanuJuly 21, 2008

A glance at Vampyr should begin with a glance at its Danish begetter, Carl Theodor Dreyer . . . Read more »