Carl Th. Dreyer, France, 1932

70 min.Feature

A young man, Allan Gray, arrives at a countryside inn. At the very same evening an unknown man pays him a visit and asks him for help to save a young girl who is in great danger. As it turns out the girl is the unknown man's sister. Shortly after the visit the unknown man - resident at a great manor - is murdered, and Allan Gray has to come to the young girls rescue all alone. He gives blood to a transfusion, prevents the sick woman from taking poison, sets her sister who is tied to a bed free, and finally sets out with her. Furthermore he has succeeded in putting an end to the curse that has been upon the locality; together with the servant he has driven an iron pile into the heart of an old female vampire. The servant makes sure that her accomplice, the doctor, suffocates - in flour.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Vampyr
Danish title Vampyr
International titles Vampyr (L'etrange aventure de David Gray), Vampyr (Die seltsame Geschichte des Allan Gray)
Other titles Allan Grays sælsomme hændelser
Director Carl Th. Dreyer
Screenplay Carl Th. Dreyer, Christen Jul
Based on Frit efter Sheridan le Fanus' novelle "Carmilla" fra novellesamlingen "In a Glass Darkly" (1872).
Director of Photography Rudolph Maté
Editor Tonka Taldy
Sound Hans Bittmann
Composer Wolfgang Zeller
Production designer Hermann Warm
Appearance Nicolas de Gunzburg, Henriette Gerard, Jan Hieronimko, Maurice Schutz
Production country France, Germany
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, Gloria-Film
International sales
Technical info 35 mm, Normal, Black/white, Tobis Klangfilm
Danish theatrical release 27.03.1933
Cinemas Metropol (Strøget) Urpremiere: 06/05/1932, Ufa-Theater Kurfürstendamm, Berlin.
Fransk premiere: 24/09/1932, Studio Raspail, Paris.
Comment Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg played the lead under the pseudonym Julian West. He also financed the film with a loan to Dreyer.
Most of the film was shot in an empty castle, Courtempierre, close to Orléans.
The film was dubbed into three different languages.
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company
Executive Producer Film-Production Carl Dreyer
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, Gloria-Film


Direction Carl Th. Dreyer
Assistant director Ralph Christian Holm
Assistant director Eliane Tayar


Script Carl Th. Dreyer
Script Christen Jul


Cinematography Rudolph Maté
Camera assistant Louis Née


Editing Tonka Taldy


Music Wolfgang Zeller

Production design

Production designer Hermann Warm
Assistant set dresser Preben Birck
Assistant production designer César Silvagni


Sound Hans Bittmann
Sound editor Paul Falkenberg


Allan Gray Nicolas de Gunzburg
Kvinden fra kirkegården Henriette Gerard
Doktoren Jan Hieronimko
Slotsherren Maurice Schutz
Gisèle Rena Mandel
Léone Sybille Schmitz
Den gamle tjener Albert Bras
Tjenerens hustru N. Babanini
Sygeplejersken Jane Mora
Den etbenede George Boidin

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