Film Preview: Vampyr, 13 October, Filmhouse, Edinburgh

11 Oct

Here’s a treat and a surprise: as part of their Introduction to European Cinema course, Edinburgh’s Filmhouse are this Tuesday screening Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 film Vampyr, a film I’ve wanted to see for years.

According to the blurb on their site:

Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s novel ‘In a Glass Darkly’ and shot in France using real locations, Vampyr is one of the first psychological horror films. Helped by a dreamlike logic, the film takes its main character on a voyage through light and darkness to a point where he can imagine his own burial (disturbingly shot from a subjective point of view).

With the help of Rudolph Maté’s luminous photography, Dreyer creates a film of great beauty.

I’ll try to get along to this one and then decide whether I want to buy the DVD.

Visit the Filmhouse website for more information.

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