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Les Vampires

Les Vampires (1915)

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Louis Feuillade's pioneering silent serial -- whose ten episodes weigh in at nearly eight hours -- concerns Guèrande (Edouard Mathé), a journalist who is trying to uncover the truth about a mysterious society of anarchist gangsters who call themselves Les Vampires. While they don't drink the blood of the living, Les Vampires are the uncrowned monarchs of the criminal underworld, and as Guèrande struggles to learn the full extent of their lawless activities and the true identity of leaders the

May 16, 2000

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (0) | DVD (3)

Louis Feuillade's extraordinary ten-part silent serial of 1916, running just under eight hours, is one of the supreme delights of film.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's possible to overstate the extent to which all this is a bunch of fun: if shown, as it often is, in one great unnatural marathon, it can be sheer torture.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A cracking good story...in those wonderful moments where Musidora's kohl-marked face stares right out of the screen and into your soul, it's terribly perfect.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The elaborate production, written and directed by Louis Feuillade, is an epic modern crime thriller, the precursor to many of today's multi-million dollar action films.

March 4, 2008

[Director Louis Feuillade] masterfully builds suspense over the film's massive, nearly 7-hour running time.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Classic Crime serial, with superb storytelling.

January 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

One of the great masterpieces of the cinema.

July 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

...this magical mystery tour through a deadly Parisian landscape is, like A Trip to the Moon, a towering and radical work of narrative fiction.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A seminal mood piece

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Blows almost any modern action film out of the water.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Les Vampires is one of France's great classic contributions to the world of popular cinema...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Les Vampires

this isn't a horror movie; it's a crime thriller. produced by gaumont to compete with the popular perils of pauline serial, it's divided into 10 parts, average 30-45 minutes. these were shown in theaters before the main feature. the story follows reporter philippe guérande's investigation of the mysterious exploits of a gang of master criminals known as les vampires. it's full of nefarious plots, disguises and daring escapes, with stunning stuntwork. musidora, a former acrobat, plays irma vep, cinema's first femme fatale, slinking around in a body stocking like catwoman. comic relief is provided by guérande's friend mazamette, who often appears to address the camera. yes it took awhile to get through, but for the most part it was highly entertaining :)
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