Harry Kümel

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Harry Kümel
Harry Kümel 1969.jpg
Kümel in 1969
Born (1940-01-27) 27 January 1940 (age 77)
Antwerp, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Occupation Film director

Harry Kümel (born 27 January 1940) is a Belgian film director.[1]

His 1971 vampire feature Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges; Fr, "The Red Lips"), starring Delphine Seyrig became a cult hit in Europe and the United States. He also directed the film version of Malpertuis (1971), featuring Orson Welles and adapted from the 1943 novel by Jean Ray.

He also directed Monsieur Hawarden[2] (1969) about the cross-dressing Meriora Gillibrand whose two male lovers fought a duel in Vienna. She then killed the survivor and fled to Belgium dressed as a man. She took the name Hawarden from a family related to hers in Lancashire. The film is a fictionalised account; her grave can still be seen near Malmedy in the German-speaking part of Belgium.

He made a cameo appearance in Nicholas Royle's novel Antwerp.[3]



  1. ^ "Harry Kümel". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Monsieur Hawarden". Eenlevenlangtheater. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  3. ^ Antwerp, The Complete Review, retrieved 18 January 2011 

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