Blood & Roses (1960)

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    Rating: 6.5/10
    Runtime: 74
    Language: English (dubbed)
    Country: France / Italy
    Color: Colour

    Director: Roger Vadim

    Mel Ferrer... Leopoldo De Karnstein
    Elsa Martinelli... Georgia Monteverdi
    Annette Vadim... Carmilla
    René-Jean Chauffard... Dr. Verari
    Marc Allégret... Judge Monteverdi
    Alberto Bonucci... Carlo Ruggieri
    Serge Marquand... Giuseppe
    Gabriella Farinon... Lisa
    Renato Speziali... Guido Naldi
    Edith Peters... The Cook
    Giovanni Di Benedetto... Police Marshal (as Gianni De Benedetto)
    Carmilla Stroyberg... Martha
    Nathalie LeForet... Marie

    Description: Young Carmilla is jealous of her friend's engagement, and her obsession leads her to the tomb of a female vampire. The vampire possesses her and leads her to kill and terrorise the inhabitants of the estate. But is it all in her mind, or is she really under the control of an ancient vampire ancestor?

    Blood and Roses was Vadim’s creative attempt to retell the classic Sheridan Le Fanu vampire tale Carmilla (1871-72). The story had previously been adapted by Carl Dreyer for his film Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932), but Vadim was the first director to attempt a somewhat more literal adaptation of the story set in modern times. The film’s impressive cinematography by Claude Renoir and creative directing by Vadim are years ahead of their time, and have undoubtedly inspired many other filmmakers. While I hesitate to name names, I’ve always had the impression that directors like Mario Bava, Roger Corman, Jean Rollin and even Alain Resnais may have all been fans of Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses.

    Vadim infused Blood and Roses with a high-level of eroticism that had rarely, if ever, been present in previous horror films and his personal retelling of Le Fanu’s Carmilla would go on to spawn a legion of similar films, such as Hammer’s wonderful Karnstein Trilogy, Harry Kümel’s Daughters of Darkness (1971), Jess Franco’s Vampyros Lesbos (1971), José Ramón Larraz’s Vampyres (1974), etc. As much as I love all of the films that followed in the footsteps of Blood and Roses, Vadim’s original movie remains one of my favorites and it’s a film that I love to return to again and again due to the incredibly intoxicating atmosphere and the beautiful imagery conjured up by Roger Vadim and Claude Renoir. The film also benefits from a beautiful score composed by Jean Prodromidès."

    File size: 737mb | Dimensions: 608 x 448
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