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Vampyr

Carl Th. Dreyer

 
Vampyr (Criterion Blu-Ray)

3 Oct 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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

With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channeled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result—a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside of Paris—is nearly unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds create 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
Marguerite ChopinHenriette Gérard
The old servant Albert Bras
His wifeN. Babanini
The nurseJane Mora

Credits

DirectorCarl Th. Dreyer
ScreenplayChristen Jul and Carl Th. Dreyer
From the book In a Glass Darkly bySheridan Le Fanu
PhotographyRudolph Maté
Art directionHermann Warm
MusicWolfgang Zeller

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION SET:

  • 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 on the Blu-ray
  • 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 by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer’s influences in creating Vampyr
  • Radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, a piece by Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and actor Nicolas de Gunzburg, as well as a book (Blu-ray only) featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul’s original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 story “Carmilla,” a source for the film

    Cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Vampyr’s Ghosts and Demons

By Mark Le Fanu July 21, 2008

A glance at Vampyr should begin with a glance at its Danish begetter, Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968), whose relatively restricted output has not prevented him from being spoken of as one of the . . . Read more »

Announcements



News

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Carl Dreyer

June 10, 2010

Fans of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s films (which really should include any lover of cinema) have reason to celebrate. The long-gestating website devoted to the Danish director, Carl Th. Dreyer—The Man . . . Read more »


News

Communication Arts Features Vampyr

October 16, 2008

Michael Boland’s design for Criterion’s special edition release of Vampyr has gotten some special attention of its own, from the prestigious design journal Communications Arts. In the Exhibit . . . 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 mention Lars von Trier, Carlos Reygadas, and Guy Maddin), there was Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968), . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Vampyr’s Ghosts and Demons

By Mark Le Fanu July 21, 2008

A glance at Vampyr should begin with a glance at its Danish begetter, Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968), whose relatively restricted output has not prevented him from being spoken of as one of the . . . Read more »


Vampyr and the Vampire

By Kim Newman July 21, 2008

A search for films using the word vampire or vamp in the title will turn up dozens of pictures made in the silent era. But this is only because, after the 1915 A Fool There Was (inspired by . . . Read more »

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