On this episode of Reel World: Rewind, Blaine is joined by Blake Collier to talk about Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr (1932). While Dreyer’s take on the vampire myth, with its refusal to submit to basic rules of continuity editing, is deliberately disorienting and perplexing, it’s a film very much worth paying attention to. Blake helps make the task of approaching this film much less daunting by shedding some light on the historical context in which Vampyr was created, and Blaine speaks to Dreyer’s theory of film. Having laid a foundation for understanding and appreciating Vampyr, Blaine and Blaine then go consider some of the reason that vampire stories are so deeply embedded within our collective conscious.
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