Vampyr

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Overview

Vampyr ranks in many circles as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, the story concerns a mysterious series of killings, committed by a crone of a female vampire (Henriette Gerard). The story is told through the eyes of a holiday reveller (Julian West), who at first scoffs at the notion of a supernatural murderer, but who is eventually forced to believe that there are more things in heaven and earth. Dreyer offers few explanations of the phenomena he presents on ...
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Overview

Vampyr ranks in many circles as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, the story concerns a mysterious series of killings, committed by a crone of a female vampire (Henriette Gerard). The story is told through the eyes of a holiday reveller (Julian West), who at first scoffs at the notion of a supernatural murderer, but who is eventually forced to believe that there are more things in heaven and earth. Dreyer offers few explanations of the phenomena he presents on screen: the strange and frightening happenings just happen, as casually as any everyday occurrence. As was his custom, Dreyer mostly uses nonprofessionals in his cast. Vampyr is available in a wide variety of severely edited and duped versions.
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Special Features

Disc One:; The original German version in a new high-definition digital transfer from the 1998 restoration by Martin Koerber and the Cinteca Di Bologna; Newly created alternate version with English text; Audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns; New and improved English subtitle translation; Disc Two:; Carl Th. Dreyer (1966), a documentary by Jørgen Roos chronicling Dreyer's career; Visual essay by scholer Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer's influences in creating Vampyr; Radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmakine; A Booklet featuring new essays by critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and star Nicolas De Gunzburg, as well as a book featuring Dreyer abd Christen Jul's original screenplay and Sheridan La Fanu's 1872 story "Carmilla," a source for the film
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • UPC: 715515030427
  • Original Release: 1931
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Subtitled / B&W
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:13:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 360

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julian West David Gray
Maurice Schutz Lord of the Manor
Jan Hieronimko Doctor
Sybille Schmitz His Daughter Leone
Rena Mandel His Daughter Gisele
Henriette Gerard Old Woman at Cemetery
N. Babanini His Wife
Albert Bras Servant
Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg David Gray
Technical Credits
Carl Theodor Dreyer Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg Producer
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Louis Nee Cinematographer
Hermann Warm Art Director
Julian West Producer
Wolfgang Zeller Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Vampyr
1. Opening Credits [2:27]
2. "She Must Not Die" [8:17]
3. Heeding the Call [6:02]
4. The Doctor [3:33]
5. The Château [8:02]
6. The Strange History of the Vampire [3:39]
7. Léone [7:23]
8. The Carriage [3:31]
9. Blood Sacrifice [6:52]
10. The Story of Marguerite Chopin [1:43]
11. The Strange Dream of Allan Gray [3:12]
12. Wandering Spirit [3:19]
13. Casket With a View [4:52]
14. The Vampire's Grave [3:42]
15. Apparitions [1:56]
16. The Mill [4:58]
17. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #2 -- Vampyr
1. The Rise of the Vampire [4:32]
2. Real and Unreal [6:35]
3. Spiritial Influences [10:36]
4. Vanished Scenes [6:49]
5. Shadowing the Story [3:59]
6. The Ghostly Presence [3:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Vampyr
   Play the Movie
   English-Text Version
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   Chapters
   Commentary
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      Index
         The Premiere
         Subjectivity
         Shadows in the Ice Factory
         Offscreen Space
         Text and Illustrations
         Dialogue and the Book
         Sight Regained
         Blood
         Playing the Genre
         Action
         Narrative Uncertainties
         A Third Self
         Unequivocally Subjective
         Censored Scenes
         The Remaining Bad Guys
         Censoring the Doctor's Death
         Color Bars
   Subtitles
      On/Off
Disc #2 -- Vampyr
   Carl Th. Dreyer
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   Visual Essay
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      Index
   Radio Broadcast
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   Subtitles
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Subtitles that Trust the Audience

    Criterion's 2008 release of Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr (1932) illustrates how subtitles may integrate within a film to improve the whole. Translator John Gudelj and the Criterion spotting/timecoding staff provided subtitles that effortlessly blend with the dialogue. This artistry makes their unique choices even harder to spot. For years translating every word as spoken has been de rigueur. This is desirable for clarity. But with repetitive dialogue, equally repetitive subtitles fail to trust the audience, detracting from rather than enhancing the film.

    Early in the story, protagonist Allan Gray stops in a country house. 'Guten Abend,' says the young housekeeper, to which Gray immediately responds, 'Guten Abend.' The housekeeper's dialogue is subtitled, 'Good evening.' The subtitles do not repeat the banality when Gray speaks the same line of dialogue. It would be pointless. The audience has heard this common phrase and read the translation when first spoken. Nothing else is necessary. This subtitling choice is used again when the young heroine Gisele sees her sister Leone from the window. 'There, outside,' she cries. 'Leone, Leone!' The initial translation was necessary to communicate to viewers that the dialogue was actually a name, but when Gisele runs outside calling Leone's name over and over, there are no subtitles. The lush imagery of Gisele running through the forest would be marred by subtitles that hammer the obvious. When Gisele and Gray are fog-bound in their little boat, they yell, 'Hallo!' and are guided by answering cries from the opposite bank. The dialogue and context are absolutely clear without subtitles. This technique was used to poignant effect when Leone rests in bed. 'I am damned,' she says. 'Mein Gott, mein Gott. mein Gott.' American audiences are familiar with the German phrase. Gudelj wisely translated the first lines, 'My God, my God.' As the camera pans away from Leone, she pathetically whimpers the same line of dialogue a third time. Here the subtitles are absent, allowing viewers to take in the full emotional impact of Dreyer's images.

    It is an irony of subtitles that at their best they are so much a part of a film that they go unnoticed. Criterion and Gudelj's subtitles are an example of how to get that right.

    D. Bannon is a professional subtitler and author of The Elements of Subtitles: A Practical Guide to the Art of Dialogue, Character, Context, Tone and Style in Subtitling [ISBN-10: 0557130727; ISBN-13: 978-0557130726].

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    An incredible film, a surrealistic and unsettling nightmare that

    An incredible film, a surrealistic and unsettling nightmare that is as disorienting as it is fasccinating. The audience is suspended in an ethereal place and time, where the supernatural reaches out and immerses it in pure horror, unadulterated with extravagant special effects and gimmicks to shock the audience. The art is the horror itself, and it's easy to see why this movie has retained its timeless appeal. If you are a fan of horror, this is a must for your collection.

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