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Vampyr (1932)

France 75m, sound (B&W)
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer; Cast: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel

vampyrWith the look and feel of an underground documentary, Vampyr is one of the creepiest looking horror movies ever made. Filmed as a silent movie, complete with inter-titles, it also has spoken dialogue which adds to the overall surreal nature of this film. Most remarkable for the time are the modern style fluid hand-held movements of the camera that utilize extreme high and low angles and quick pans which provide a level of hyper realism. The minimalist set design, and eerie use of shadow and light articulate both expressionism and film noir styles. The bizarre style of this production is also found in some highly unusual performances which feel forced, yet at the same time oddly realistic, and which fit the overall mood (Klaus Ming December 2008).

3 comments on “Vampyr (1932)

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  2. TSorensen

    Few people like this movie, but I entirely agree with you in your review. The ambience of this film is supreme.

    • Klaus

      It’s definitely an odd film – and I suspect that’s why I find it so interesting.

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This entry was posted on 12/24/2008 by in 1001 List, 1930s, All and tagged .
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