Blood and Roses
|Blood and Roses|
|Directed by||Roger Vadim|
|Produced by||Raymond Eger|
by Sheridan Le Fanu
|Music by||Jean Prodromides|
|Edited by||Victoria Mercanton|
|Box office||1,205,106 admissions (France)|
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.
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.
- 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
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." 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." 
- P.J.D. (1962). "Et Mourir de Plaisir". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 29 no. 336. British Film Institute. p. 5.
- Box office information for Roger Vadim films at Box Office Story
- "Blood and Roses". American Film Institute. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- "Et mourir de plaisir" (in French). Bifi.fr. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
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