sábado, 26 de outubro de 2013

Vampyr (1932)

In 1932 Carl Theodore Dreyer (director of La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, considered to be one of the masterpieces of silent cinema) directs his first sound movie, Vampyr. There are many curious aspects worth of praise in this unique movie. Vampyr is a kind of surrealist and oneiric horror movie, with his very own presentation and narrative style, about a traveler that stumbles upon what it could be proof of the existence of vampires. All very minimalistic, Dreyer does not restrain himself from using some early special effects, like fading ghostly characters or overlapping pictures, and there where some technical details that ended up conditioning the final product: a piece of the movie tape was accidently exposed to light, damaging the color tones, to what Dreyer reacted as being exactly the effect he was looking for in the final picture, thus adding it to the whole movie. Also the primitive sound dialog and score edition was post-recorded in three different languages and then added to the tape, (only two actors recorded their own voice for the movie), and the result was a very raw sounded movie that still hid in the inter-titles, basically a silent movie with some speaking on it. Technical aspects aside, Vampyr is an eerie horror/fantasy movie that confounds and troubles the spectator, in a sort of dreamy presentation that was achieved thanks to a number of unique circumstances and certainly to an incredible camera work, resulting in a fascinating movie that, despite being ravaged by the public opinion back in the 30's, has now built his own cult status as it ages.

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