Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


From Rotten Tomatoes:  "Full of disorienting visual effects.  Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr is as theoretically unsettling as it is conceptually disturbing."

And from The Village Voice:  "Vampyr is Dreyer's most radical film -- maybe one of my dozen favorite movies by any director.'

Diffferent...gripping...striking...compelling...distinctive...dreamy...surreal...disorienting...atmospheric...Vampyr is now recognized as a masterpiece of film craftsmanship.  But it not ever so.  The film first received a poor reception, critical panning, and a riot in Vienna when theater owners refused to refund the audience's money.  Vampyr was a financial failure.

Director Dreyer had wanted to film the movie as a silent but pressures intervened.  Dreyer filmed his actors three times, speaking English, French, and German in turn so that the sparse dialogue would sync with their mouth movements.

Vampyr is loosely based on two stories from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 collection In a Glass Darkly -- the classic vampire tale "Carmilla" and the romantic adventure/horror story "The Room in the Dragon Volant."


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