Les Vampires

Title: Les vampires
Year: 1915-1916
Length: 399 minutes (in 10 episodes)
Director: Louis Feuillade
Writer: Louis Feuillade
Starring: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque
Music: Robert Israel (Image DVD)
I saw it: on video (rented from Greencine), over the past couple weeks
Synopsis: a reporter investigates a secret order of criminals

My reaction
Concept:2/4 (Indifferent)
Story:1/4 (Bad)
Characters:1/4 (Bad) There are a couple great characters, but mostly crap.
Dialog:1/4 (Bad) Oh my goodness so many scenes of conversation with no titles.
Pacing:0/4 (Terrible)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:3/4 (Good) Simple arrangements of classical music for a small chamber ensemble – quite nice. I am impressed that they went to the trouble at all to record a score for such a massive movie that not many people care about.
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent, 2/4 (Indifferent)). There’s some good stuff. Occasional stunts or moments of humor. Lots of camp and over-the-top melodrama. Musidora and her wardrobe are adorable. For the first five or six episodes I almost liked it. But it just keeps going…
Objective Rating (Average):1.9/4 (Eh)


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