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Les Vampires (1915)

France 399m, silent (B&W)
Director: Louis Feuillade; Cast: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé, Fernand Herrmann

lesvampireLes Vampires is a sophisticated seven hour pulp fiction serial depicting the activities of a fictional crime organization in France at the turn of the 20th century. The plot is situated around Philippe Guérande and Oscar Mazamette, a reporter and his camera mugging informant, whose lives becomes inexorably linked to the criminals who are responsible for a crime wave which overtakes Paris. While various evil leaders of the Les Vampires gang are replaced throughout the story, the common thread is the intriguing Irma Vep, played by Musidora, who deftly manipulates power from behind the scenes as cinema’s first “liberated” woman. Notwithstanding its length, Les Vampires is full of suspense, action and intrigue which influenced later German films such as Caligari and Dr. Mabuse (Klaus Ming December 2008).

2 comments on “Les Vampires (1915)

  1. klausming
    02/15/2010

    I just stumbled across an interesting film directed by Olivier Assayas entitled “Irma Vep” made in 1996, which is a fictional account about a french film-maker who attempts to re-make Louis Feuillade’s Les Vampires (1915). This style of film reminds me a lot one one of my favorites – Shadow of a Vampire made in 2000. I’m definitely going to have to take a look.

  2. Pingback: Irma Vep (1996) « MiNG Movie Reviews

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