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The Vampire Family

Semya vurdalakov

Soviet Union, 1990


This is the third screen version of Tolstoy’s Gothic novelette “Sem’ya vurdalaka,” which was written in 1839 and first published in 1884. A newspaper sent a young reporter to a town in the Russian countryside with the intention to do a story about the strange stories that circulate there.

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The Vampire Family Directed by Gennadiy Klimov, Igor Shavlak

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  • José Neves's rating of the film The Vampire Family

    An unusual film seen in the PC and in a poor copy that, however, works at all in its enigmatic potential. With an unrealistic use of music, the film appeals to a set of images literally clouded by a spirit of indeterminacy and illogicality, always walking towards a limit of its visibility and understanding. As if the plethoric of some Russian classics were haunted by an intense (meta)physical (un)sustainability.