Vampyr (1932) Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 73 mins, German/French
Sun 3 July 2016 // 20:00
Tickets: £8 adv, £10 door.
Eerie, creepy and often menacing, Vampyr is based on elements from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's collection of spine-tingling supernatural stories, ‘In a Glass Darkly.’
This is the dream story of Allan Gray, who arrives at a secluded riverside inn in the mysteriously cursed French hamlet of Courtempierre. During his stay he is awakened by an old man who hands him a package with, “To be opened upon my death” written on it. Guided by shadows, Allan later sees the man killed in violence, and subsequently opens the package only to discover a book about horrific demons called Vampyrs....
What follows is a visual poem of a film, mixing exquisite cinematography with effective use of sound and silence to create a moody, sensual and dreamlike atmosphere.
To make the night extra special, we have a live score in the form of a collaboration between silent film interpreters, Minima, and the world-renowned BFI silent film pianist, Stephen Horne. This new score is a beautiful and technically ambitious project that incorporates elements of the original 1932 soundtrack plus an array of new instruments.
Performed only a couple of times before, this is truly a special opportunity to witness a cinematic wonder in an intimate location.
Tickets available from Bristol Ticket Shop, and Here Shop and Gallery.