(dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer) 1932, Germany – 72min, with live score by Minima and Stephen Horne PG.
Flatpack Film Festival kicks off at the Conservatoire with a new live score to one of cinema’s landmarks,
Carl Theodore Dreyer’s luminous, mesmerising Vampyr.
Loosely based on the work of gothic writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu, this was the director’s follow-up to The
Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and his first foray into the world of sound. The film tells the twisted tale of
a travelling investigator who finds himself in the French village of Courtempierre, where an evil doctor is
helping a vampire to prey on a pair of sisters. Our investigator gets caught up in this strange, occult world and
does all he can to save the sisters, but the boundary between fact and fantasy becomes increasingly blurred.
Although strictly speaking a sound film, the soundtrack to Vampyr was actually added in post-production,
and so the film often feels like a silent. That, along with its hypnagogic tone, makes it the perfect choice
for a rescore. Providing the accompaniment tonight is four-piece multi-instrumentalist ensemble Minima,
joined by the hugely talented film pianist Stephen Horne, to produce an arresting live score.