Blood and Roses
|Blood and Roses|
French film poster for Blood and Roses
|Directed by||Roger Vadim|
|Produced by||Raymond Eger|
|Written by||Sheridan Le Fanu (story Carmilla)
Claude Martin (writer)
|Music by||Jean Prodromidès|
|Editing by||Maurizio Lucidi
|Studio||Documento Film, Films EGE|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures (USA, 1961)|
|Running time||87 minutes|
Blood and Roses (French: ...Et mourir de plaisir (Le sang et la rose)) is a 1960 vampire film directed by Roger Vadim based upon the novella Carmilla (1872) by Irish writer Joseph Sheridan le Fanu. The locale was shifted from 19th century Styria to 20th century Italy.
The next time Carmilla was adapted to film was almost exactly ten years later, The Vampire Lovers (1970).
Set in the modern day at a European estate, Camilla is torn emotionally by the engagement of her friend Georgia to her cousin Leopoldo. It is hard to tell for whom she has the strongest unrequited emotions. During the masquerade ball celebrating the upcoming marriage, a fireworks display accidentally explodes some munitions lost at the site in WWII, disturbing an ancestral catacomb. Camilla wearing the dress of her legendary vampire ancestor wanders into the ruins, where the tomb of the ancestor opens slowly. Camilla returns to Leopoldo's estate as the last guests depart. Over next few days she proceeds to act as though possessed by the spirit of the vampire and a series of vampiric killings terrorize the estate.
Difference in versions
The original French version is 87 minutes long and is introduced by a discussion of Camilla's case by a doctor who starts the tell of her story, leaving to the viewer to decide if Camilla was really possessed or just delusional. The most common English language version is 74 minutes long and, among other deletions, drops the doctor's introduction and the discussions of vampire legends by the servants' children. The added English voice-over narration by the vampire ancestor removes any ambiguity.
- Mel Ferrer as Leopoldo De Karnstein
- Elsa Martinelli as Georgia Monteverdi
- Annette Vadim as Carmilla
- René-Jean Chauffard as Dr. Verari
- Marc Allégret as Judge Monteverdi
- Alberto Bonucci as Carlo Ruggieri
- Serge Marquand as Giuseppe
- Gabriella Farinon as Lisa
- Renato Speziali as Guido Naldi
- Edith Peters as The Cook
- Giovanni Di Benedetto as Police Marshal
- Carmilla Stroyberg as Martha
- Nathalie LeForet as Marie
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