Blood and Roses

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Blood and Roses
Directed by Roger Vadim
Produced by Raymond Eger[1]
Screenplay by
  • Claude Brulé
  • Claude Martin
  • Roger Vadim[1]
Based on Carmilla
by Sheridan Le Fanu
Music by Jean Prodromides[1]
Cinematography Claude Renoir
Edited by Victoria Mercanton[1]
  • Films EGE
  • Documento Film[1]
Release date
  • 14 September 1960 (1960-09-14) (France)
  • January 1961 (1961-01) (Rome)
Running time
87 minutes[1]
  • France
  • Italy[1]
Box office 1,205,106 admissions (France)[2]

Blood and Roses (French: Et mourir de plaisir, lit. 'And die of pleasure') is a French horror film directed by Roger Vadim. It is based on the novella Carmilla (1872) by Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu, shifting the book's setting in 19th-century Styria to the film's 20th-century Italy.

Plot summary[edit]

Set in the modern day at a European estate, Carmilla 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 World War II, disturbing an ancestral catacomb. Carmilla wearing the dress of her legendary vampire ancestor wanders into the ruins, where the tomb of the ancestor opens slowly. Carmilla 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.



Blood and Roses was filmed at Hadrian's Villa in Italy.[3]


Blood and Roses was released in France on 14 September 1960.[4] It was released in Rome in January 1961 under the title Il sangue e la rosa.[3]


In a contemporary review Monthly Film Bulletin noted that "despite the elegance and beauty of the backgrounds in and about Hadrian's Villa" and "Claude Renoir's Tehnicolor-Technicrama photography, this expensive attempt at an art horror film is nothing short of a travesty-both of the genre and LeFanu's marvellous short story."[1] The review noted that the film was "awkward and pedantic" and that the "vampire story is ruined by leaden dialogue, stridently dubbed, and by the sometimes bathetic acting" and that the "film suffers badly from comparison with Dreyer's much freer adaptation of the story, Vampyr." [1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i P.J.D. (1962). "Et Mourir de Plaisir". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 29 no. 336. British Film Institute. p. 5. 
  2. ^ Box office information for Roger Vadim films at Box Office Story
  3. ^ a b "Blood and Roses". American Film Institute. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Et mourir de plaisir" (in French). Retrieved 14 December 2016. 

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