Daughters Of Darkness

Daughters Of Darkness

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Director: Harry Kümel, Delphine Seyrig, Daniele Ouimet, John Karlen

Cast: Harry Kümel, Delphine Seyrig, Daniele Ouimet, John Karlen

     
 

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Le Rouge aux Levres is a stylish, fascinating, very erotic vampire film based on Sheridan le Fanu's Camilla, the classic tale of a lesbian vampire. A young married couple, Stefan (John Karlen) and Valerie (Daniele Ouimet), honeymoon at a deserted oceanside resort where they meet Countess Elisabeth Bathory (Delphine Seyrig) and her companion Ilona (Andrea

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Le Rouge aux Levres is a stylish, fascinating, very erotic vampire film based on Sheridan le Fanu's Camilla, the classic tale of a lesbian vampire. A young married couple, Stefan (John Karlen) and Valerie (Daniele Ouimet), honeymoon at a deserted oceanside resort where they meet Countess Elisabeth Bathory (Delphine Seyrig) and her companion Ilona (Andrea Rau). Valerie has discovered that Stefan is a brutal sexual sadist and is drawn to the Countess because of her warmth and sensuality. Ilona attempts to seduce Stefan but is accidentally killed, and the Countess takes her revenge on his wife. Director Harry Kumel directs with stunning visual style and maintains the erotic intensity and tension between the characters with skill, getting a particularly good performance from the magnificent Delphine Seyrig, who resembles in both mood and looks the young Marlene Dietrich. Erotic, unusual and extremely violent, Le Rouge aux Levres, also released as Daughters of Darkness is one of the finest vampire films ever produced, making up with style and class what it might have lacked in budget.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The sexual dimension of vampire lore gets a full workout in this contemporary love quadrangle. Delphine Seyrig lends not only a touch of elegance to the proceedings but also the only serious acting chops among the four leads. She plays the Countess Elisabeth Bathory, a character based on a real Hungarian madwoman of the 17th century who believed she would stay forever young by bathing in the blood of her victims. There are no bloodbaths here; in fact, there is less biting and bloodletting than groping and caressing. The setting is not a creepy castle but an empty off-season hotel in Ostend, Belgium, where a young honeymooning couple (John Karlen and Daniele Ouimet) are stalked by the Countess and her "secretary" (Andrea Rau). Complicating the sexual geometry, in which the secretary is to seduce the groom as a distraction while the Countess moves in on the bride, is a dirty little secret that the husband is keeping from his wife. Director Harry Kümel doesn't rush the pace, which allows the viewer to enjoy the creepy atmosphere but also notice the unconvincing performances by Karlen and Ouimet, with Rau acceptable in the least demanding part. The director's cut is available on DVD, running 100 minutes.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
UPC:
0827058114097
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
NR
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
32,934

Special Features

Audio commentary #1 with co-writer/director Harry Kümel; Audio commentary #2 with star John Karlen and journalist David Del Valle; Locations of Darkness - interviews with co-writer/director Harry Kümel and co-writer producer Pierre Drouot; Playing the Victim - interview with star Danielle Ouimet; Daughter of Darkness - interview with star Andrea Rau; Theatrical trailer; Radio spots; Poster & still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Delphine Seyrig Countess Elisabeth Bathory
Daniele Ouimet Valerie Tardieu
John Karlen Stefan Chiltern
Andrea Rau Ilona Harczy
Paul Esser Hotel clerk
Fons Rademakers Mother
Joris Collet Butler
Georges Jamin The Man

Technical Credits
Harry Kümel Director,Screenwriter
J.J. Amiel Screenwriter
Denis Bonan Editor
Paul Collet Producer
François de Roubaix Score Composer
Pierre Drouot Associate Producer,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Jean Ferry Screenwriter
Alain C. Guilleaume Associate Producer
Françoise Hardy Art Director
Henry Lange Producer
Bernard Perris Costumes/Costume Designer
Eduard van der Enden Cinematographer
Gust Verschueren Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Daughters of Darkness
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:12]
2. Newlyweds on a Train [4:59]
3. Deserted Hotel [4:51]
4. The Countess Arrives [4:56]
5. The Eyes of Jealousy [2:43]
6. Morning Shave [3:34]
7. Dead Girl's Body [5:39]
8. Leaving [3:09]
9. News of Murder [6:46]
10. The Blood of Youth [3:26]
11. Night Visitor [4:19]
12. Bedtime [3:28]
13. Stefan's Mother [3:34]
14. A Brutal Beating [5:40]
15. Seduction of Innocents [2:06]
16. Carnal Desire [2:38]
17. The Shower [5:00]
18. Disposing of the Body [4:30]
19. Shallow Grave [4:28]
20. Spellbound [3:11]
21. "The Blood! The Blood!" [6:24]
22. "Faster! Faster!" [7:02]
23. New Friends [3:01]
24. End Credits [2:01]

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