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Irma Vep (Essential Edition)
In the tradition of films about filmmaking, Irma Vep takes its own special place among such films as Fellini's 8½. A has-been director decides to remake the silent French serial film Les Vampires starring a Hong Kong action film superstar. The production is falling behind schedule and its star, Maggie Cheung (who plays herself), finds herself an outsider with the film's crew save for a woman costumer (Nathalie Richard) who has a crush on her. Rene the director (Jean-Pierre Leaud) cast Maggie after viewing one of her many martial-arts fantasy films. Although he finds her perfect for the part of the jewel thief in Les Vampires, the rest of the crew cannot see the reasons for casting Maggie beyond her beauty and how she looks in her tight-fitting latex costume. Rene's vision is soon lost on everyone and he suffers a mental breakdown. The film is reassigned to Jose (Lou Castel), a seemingly more commanding director (although he takes the job because his welfare is about to run out), whose first decision is to fire Maggie. Irma Vep is presented as a comedy, but at its heart lies an examination of the art and craft of filmmaking. In a clever turn, Maggie creeps around her hotel getting into character, in essence remaking Irma Vep for real-life director Olivier Assayas. Assayas wrote the film in 10 days and shot the film in a month after meeting Maggie Cheung at a film festival--a fascinating case of life imitating art... or is it the other way around? --Shannon Gee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The French do self-reflexive cinema better than we do. This tale of a has-been director attempting a comeback with a re-make of a silent French serial (and using a non-French... Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by Gregor von Kallahann
Maggie Cheung, as herself, comes to Paris to partake in a remake of Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires as Irma Vep. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002 by Swederunner
Irma Vep is a bizarre story about a young Chinese actress who plays the title character in a remake of the 1915 silent French film Les Vampires. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2002 by E. Mueller
I try to see every french film that gets released in the states, so I was really ready to like Irma Vep. Read morePublished on May 1 2002 by Erik Ketzan
Well, are we all sitty comfybold on our bottys? Then I'll begin.
Olivier Assayas is such a great director with such an astonishing body of work, that as good as Irma Vep is,... Read more
This is a film within a film setup. If you make it all the way through the film I think you will be pleasantly surprised. This movie is a clever disguise for a modernist tale. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2002 by Amazon Customer
Mediocre entertainment, major navel-gazing , poor DVD package. The only part of this movie that grabbed my attention is when a Gen X French movie critic, hip and au courant,... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2002
A very sweet, engaging, watchable movie. This is a portrait of what goes on behind the scenes during the making of a lower-budget film. It takes place in Paris. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2001 by ADAM STANHOPE