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Quote:...but this appears to be a different cut. It has a different title sequence, lacks those boxy giant subtitles; I think the audio is clearer than I've yet heard. One or two lines appear to be in English....
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Some interesting images and camerawork, yes, but when this ended, I was left with a major WTF feeling.
Exactly WHY did the disgruntled Mark Twain Dr. DIE and who/what killed him? Was that a flour mill he was in and what-hell was he doing there?
Why did the main character seem alive for most of it.....then notalive......then alive at the end?
I feel about VAMPYR the way a lot of you feel about The Ghoul.
I'd rather watch The Ghoul again....
Dreyer tosses in numerous setpieces (some are symbolic) that are present mostly to set mood and reinforce the idea that Courtempierre is a battleground of the
supernatural, both Good and Evil. These setpieces can trip up casual viewing by diverting attention from the simple and linear plot. Allan Grey arrives in
Courtempierre on holiday and is enlisted by the chatelain of an old household in a struggle against evil in the person of a female vampire and her allies, the
town doctor and a one-legged veteran. That's the entire plotline.
Grey is enlisted because he is a stranger; outside of the chatelain's household there is no one left the old man can trust. Notice that the introduction
of the chatelain is preceded by a warm glow in the room and the rumble of a tympani, sounding like distant (and perhaps righteous) thunder. When the chatelain
is murdered, the pivot point of the film, his spirit is liberated from his body and rather than weakening the side of Good, it is strengthened. Notice that
light and the tympani roll precede the fatal tumble of the one-legged veteran down the stairs. Rewatch the death of the doctor and you'll find that it
wasn't necessarily the chatelain's manservant that kills the doctor but the presence of the chatelain.
Boardwell, in his excellent book about Dreyer, avoids calling these forces Good and Evil and instead refers to them as absent causes. This is a quibble, but
I think that terminology is needlessly academic and obfuscates what is going on in the film.
Regarding Grey's spiritual wandering, keep in mind that this follows his blood transfusion to Leone. He has been weakened by the vampire by proxy.
It's up to you to decide whether his out-of-body experience is happening in his mind, or if like the chatelain his spirit has been freed and Grey is now
unhindered by a corporeal anchor (but unlike the chatelain, only temporarily).
VAMPYR is one of my favorite movies. I think it is Dreyer's second best film after THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, though not by much. VAMPYR is full of
little cinematic tricks and treats.
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