Carl Th. Dreyer’s VAMPYR

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An impressionist work of beauty, subdued eroticism and horror, or a spectacular debacle that led its audience to riot?

Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer is a prominent figure in European art house. Among his advocates we find Bergman and von Trier. Vampyr was long considered Dreyer’s weak link, as his contemporaries did not have the patience for quiet half-silent films. The year was 1932, shortly after Frankenstein and Dracula.

Dreyer makes his images obscure, envelopes his characters in a nightmare world where fiction and reality blend together. This goes hand in hand with his source of inspiration, J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla (which has also inspired The Moth Diaries).

During the last decade, Vampyr has achieved a resurrection. Today it is held as a darkly shining example of artistic, suspenseful horror that doesn’t need to be exaggerated in order to sink into the minds of its audience. It is a film that stays with you.

Joakim Sten

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