Guy Maddin Selects
Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer seamlessly melds the spiritual and material worlds in this haunting vampire tale.
Loosely based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu' s In a Glass Darkly, this sinister tale of possession and retribution centres on a young traveller who frees a beautiful young woman who has fallen prey to a vampire.
Dreyer's foray into 'talkies' brought numerous challenges (not the least of which was that Vampyr had to be recorded in three languages). So like Maddin, years later, he used very little dialogue and created a 'part-talkie' to overcome the added technical demands of sound film.
Dreyer further enhanced the atmosphere by shooting on location and opting for a heavily degraded and opaque image. The resulting film is an arresting and unforgettable movie experience.
Guy Maddin has nominated Vampyr as an ideal screening companion for Tales from Gimli Hospital.