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Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Germany, France, 1932
Horror, Silent


A young student with a troubled mind wanders into a village outside Paris, and is soon assailed with its surreal, terrible supernatural secrets.

Vampyr Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
In cinema, the possibility of horror is more unnerving than its actualization, particularly if a filmmaker is able to dramatize the precise moment when the banal becomes uncanny. In 1932’s Vampyr, Carl Theodor Dreyer draws such a transition out, in ebbs and flows, over the course of the film’s running time. Adverse to makeup and other overtly specialized effects, Dreyer often forces us to scrutinize an image for its subtle notes of wrongness.
October 05, 2017
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The [sparse dialogue] makes the lines cling to you all the more, even as they’re subservient to the visuals. Dreyer, a former writer of title cards himself, lets those and the shots of the book gifted Allan by the old man (Die Seltsame Geschichte Der Vampyr by Paul Bonnat) do the bulk of the storytelling work, freeing him and Maté to play with movement, light and shadows.
October 30, 2016
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The richness of Rudolph Maté’s black-and-white cinematography and the poetry of Dreyer’s craft makes the film’s treatment of death transcendent, though it remains firmly gripped by the fear of the unknown.
October 29, 2015
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