Tuesday
08
Jan
7:15pm
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Tue
08
Jan
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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 at 7:15pm
Carl Dreyer
  • Horror, Fantasy
  • 1932
  • Germany
  • B&W
  • 83 mins.
 

A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. Dreyer shrugs off conventional linear narrative and takes an experimental approach, plunging us into a waking nightmare that isn't so much black-and-white as it is misty grey. When cinematographer Rudolph Maté showed Dreyer some frames made hazy by accidental exposure to light, the director had him place a layer of gauze in front of the lens to replicate the effect for the rest of the film.

Many of the images from this movie have passed into horror iconography: an old man standing by the river tolling a bell with a scythe over his shoulder; Grey's dream of being buried alive; the evil doctor suffocating in flour dropped from the mill above. It's hard to spot where nightmares end and reality begins. This really is a film that exemplifies the idea of dreaming with our eyes open.

Director:

 
Carl Dreyer

Cinematographer:

 
Rudolph Maté Louis Née

Screenplay:

 
Based on a book by J. Sheridan Le Fanu) Christen Jul ..(screenplay) Carl Dreyer (screenplay)

Cast:

 
Julian West Maurice Schutz Rena Mandel Sybille Schmitz

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