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  • Thu
    27
    Jul
    2017

    LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE 16mm screening at Fantasia Film Festival

    7:00 pmCinematheque quebecoise, Montreal Canada

    LOST GIRLS Fantasia poster

    Tickets HERE>>

    French director Jean Rollin’s oneiric debut feature Le viol du vampire (The Rape of the Vampire, 1968) was released during the student riots in Paris and—though not an overtly political film—contains a curiously parallel sense of chaos and notoriously caused a riot of its own. Far from a traditional genre film, it betrays the influence of early film serials in Rollins work and features the disjointed, two-part story of four vulnerable vampire sisters living in a remote chateau in the countryside. A young psychoanalyst (Bernard Letrou) is determined to prove that the sisters’ malady is psychological rather than supernatural and that he will find a cure. But his misguided idealism results in death and violence, as well as his own transformation into a vampire at the hands of one of the sisters. Later the couple encounter a sadistic vampire queen, who runs a clinic that experiments on vampires.

    This experimental, black and white film was actually shot in two separate, similarly-themed parts due to funding issues, and combined to make a feature. It set the stage for Rollin’s early career in the sense that it focuses on the director’s unique, fluid reinterpretation of vampires—the subject of his first four features—but also introduces a number of themes that would continue throughout his career: a society made up primarily of women, vampirism as a social experiment that is far more than just a supernatural curse, and the tragic conclusion of a pact between two doomed lovers.

    – Samm Deighan, editor of LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN

    This screening is in French language only (no subtitles) and will be introduced by Virginie Selavy, a contributor to the book LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN, which will be available for sale at the screening.