Vampira And Me (2013)
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HOLLYWOOD WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME. When Maila Nurmi took to the TV airwaves in 1954 as the original gothic scream queen VAMPIRA, a national craze was launched. Haughty, domineering, and an instant icon of female power and sexuality, VAMPIRA cast her spell over other rebels and rabbler-rousers of the day, including JAMES DEAN, MARLON BRANDO and ELVIS PRESLEY. But the woman behind the façade was both far more intricate and much more fragile that the character that made her famous, and the price of momentary glory and cult superstardom was almost unbearably high. VAMPIRA AND ME is the epic and acclaimed new documentary VARIETY called "thoroughly engrossing" and which the AUSTIN CHRONICLE described as "devastating." INCLUDES HUNDREDS OF RARE AND UNSEEN STILLS, PHOTOS AND FILMS, including MAILA NURMI'S PRIVATE HOME MOVIES and TWO NEWLY DISCOVERED KINESCOPES OF "VAMPIRA" UNSEEN FOR SIX DECADES. (c) Cinema Epoch … More
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Critic Reviews for Vampira And Me
R.H. Greene's docu succeeds admirably thanks to the charismatic oncamera presence of a 74-year-old Nurmi in an extended 1997 interview.
Vampira and Me works on multiple levels: as a Hollywood history lesson, as a portrait of mid-fifties Americana, and as a long-overdue tribute to the endlessly fascinating Nurmi, whom Greene befriended during the autumn of her years.
It will tell you a lot about Vampira from one point of view, and it is a nice tribute in that regard. But it is not a thorough journalistic study, and disappoints if one expects that.
Vampira and Me winds up having much to say about stardom, friendships and betrayals along with delivering a slice of American pop cultural history.
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