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Blood and Roses (1960)

Et mourir de plaisir (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 14 September 1960 (France)
A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Claude Brulé (original story), Sheridan Le Fanu (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mel Ferrer ... Leopoldo De Karnstein
Elsa Martinelli ... Georgia Monteverdi
Annette Stroyberg ... Carmilla (as Annette Vadim)
Alberto Bonucci Alberto Bonucci ... Carlo Ruggieri
René-Jean Chauffard René-Jean Chauffard ... Dr. Verari (as R.J. Chauffard)
Gabriella Farinon ... Lisa (as Gaby Farinon)
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Giuseppe
Edith Peters Edith Peters ... The Cook (as Edith Arlene Peters Catalano)
Nathalie Lafaurie Nathalie Lafaurie ... Marie (as Nathalie LaFaurie)
Carmilla Stroyberg Carmilla Stroyberg ... Martha (as Camilla Stroyberg)
Marc Allégret ... Judge Monteverdi
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Storyline

Young Carmilla is jealous of her friend's engagement, and her obsession leads her to the tomb of a female vampire. The vampire possesses her and leads her to kill and terrorise the inhabitants of the estate. But is it all in her mind, or is she really under the control of an ancient vampire ancestor? Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 September 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood and Roses See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Documento Film, Films EGE See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound)

Color:

Black and White (dream sequence)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Lee was originally considered for the role of Count Karnestein (probably to make the film marketable for fans of his Hammer vampire films) but the part eventually went to his friend Mel Ferrer. See more »

Goofs

In three shots from the same scene, the bloodstain on Carmilla's dress moves from the right to the left side, then back to the right side again. See more »

Alternate Versions

The new French DVD is fully uncut, expect for the infamous dream sequence, which is almost entirely cut and re-edited. See more »

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Version of Mystery and Imagination: Carmilla (1966) See more »

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Gothic Before Its Time
22 April 2006 | by GaultheWarriorSee all my reviews

I saw Vadim's "Blood and Roses" in Germany while stationed there in the 1960's. I was captivated by its ethereal, romantic quality. The actresses were beautiful and the mixture of romance and vampires was unusual and hauntingly lovely. In my view, it is a classic. I particularly loved the musical score, which was outstanding. I cannot seem to find this musical score other than by ordering the VHS video.

I am particularly disappointed that I cannot find this film in DVD today, since I would like to have it in my library.

I thought that Mel Ferrar was perfect for his role since he was seemingly oblivious as one might expect a country gentleman to be to what was going on with the girls.

The film reveals a poignant story of unrequited love, with a fatalistic tone. It will be long remembered by those who have seen it. It does not get the popularity that it deserves.


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