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5 December 2019: Vampyr


Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932, 73 min
German with English subtitles
Introduced by Christopher Kul-Want

“Imagine that we are sitting in a very ordinary room. Suddenly we are told that there is a corpse behind the door. Instantly, the room we are sitting in has taken on another look. The light, the atmosphere have changed, though they are physically the same. This is because we have changed and the objects are as we conceive them. This is the effect I wanted to produce in Vampyr" - Carl Theodor Dreyer

"If in other Dreyer films a stark materialism opens the door to the spirit, here the material world is as gossamer as fear itself: people glide through walls, shadows have no owners, dogs bark and children cry though there are no dogs or children to be seen. Characters, like sounds, dissolve into the wild play of light and shadow. Into this wanders the loner David Gray, stopping at an inn where he encounters the two daughters of the innkeeper, a seemingly pleasant old lady, and desire in its most feared form: vampirism." – BAMPFA

Part of Christopher Kul-Want's programme on Deleuze’s Cinema