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Les Vampires [Blu-ray]
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Les Vampires: 2-Disc Kino Classics Edition [Blu-ray]
This legendary seven-hour silent French serial, one of the earliest and most original gangster films, combines realism and fantasy. Written and directed by Louis Feuillade, Les Vampires concerns an intrepid reporter's pursuit of a strange gang of jewel thieves terrorizing Paris. The gang ambitiously seeks political, psychological, and sexual domination of the city's social elite, with the seductive Irma Vep (an anagram of "vampire") as its brazen leader. While slow going at first, the 10-part serial becomes more and more fascinating with each episode, thanks in large part to the alluring Musidora as Irma Vep. Because of her many guises and frightful charms, she truly becomes a vampire of sorts. Feuillade achieves a subversive, nightmarish atmosphere amid the everyday goings-on of the city. Filmed on the streets and back alleys of World War I Paris, the 1915 picture was a huge commercial success, though temporarily banned by Paris's chief of police for glamorizing crime. --Bill Desowitz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As for the movie. To me any silent movie is pretty cool, but now having over 150 of them I could see this with a more critical eye.
There were some very cool shades of toning on the various scenes. I have seen old movies where the outside scenes are in blue tint and the interior shots are in sepia (Broken Blossems is and example) , but this movie had at least five tints! blue, sepia, dark sepia (interior dark) green, and red and seemingly endless varieties of shades.
The acting by the main charachter was above par for the period, but his friend (Mamzette) and many supporting male actors was often terrible...though the female actors didn't seem to fall into the trap the men fell into so often. Mamzette should have been in a comedy or something as he constantly kept looking at the camera as though we were there, but often he was simply peeking or looking for cues or who knows what, or just hamming it up. He got a little better near the end, but overall he was quite distracting. His looking at the camera seemed to be for a variety of reasons, some of it to include the viewer, but that was only part of it. He was constantly aware of the camera and kept playing to it...almost as if he wanted to be sure he was being filmed. It was often very silly or distracting. Other players in the movie also had this habbit for looking at the camera so it got a bit silly at times as it was pretty clear they were following coaching, often in mid "act".
One thing that really bothered me was the complete destruction of the original parts you read.Read more ›
Technically, the DVD is wonderful; it contains the entire series on one disk, as well as several promotional films starring members of the cast. The film itself is transfered very well and is appropriately tinted; the entire project was obviously a labor of love, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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While I have never received a DVD from Amazon (.de, .fr, .jp, c.o.uk, or .ca) that had a tag ON the DVD - in 10 years of buying from amazon, I bought this twice, once for a friend... Read morePublished on March 13 2009 by I. Lembcke
This is just to second the previous reviewer. My DVD has the
&#$%@^% sensor tag on it as well. I can't seem to get the glue off. Read more
I saw parts of this on TCM,but missed a few chapters.
This is one of the best movies I've seen.It's a classic. Read more
OK, this DVD is a bit expensive; nor is it admittedly for everyone, but for those who are willing to take a risk will find that great cinema dates much earlier than they ever... Read morePublished on April 21 2002 by E. Dolnack
Some directors have to see this work. You don't need special
effects and fancy things to achive a good film. Emotion, good
scenario and a lot of personal feeling. Read more
love the films and great to see them restored so well, am very happy with this purchase except... in one episode the picture broke up slightly 3 times into the blocky terror of all... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2002 by SockPuppetTheatre
I was leery about buying this movie because it's ... expensive, but let me assure all of you that it is worth the price! Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2001 by M. Surani
This is a treat indeed! Not reviewing the film (which is really good) I would like to discuss the technical data. The transfer is quite good, although not the best possible (i.e. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2001 by Mart Sander