Blood and Roses (1960)

Blood and Roses (Et mourir de plaisir)
Directed by Roger Vadim
Written by Roger Vadim and Roger Vailland; original story by Claude Brule and Claude Martin; novel by Sheridan Le Fanu
1960/France/Italy
Documento Film/Films EGE
First viewing/YouTube

The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him. Garrett Fort

The erotic meets the supernatural in this story of a beautiful female vampire and her equally attractive female victims.

The ancestors of Carmilla De Karnstein (Annette Vadim) were reputed to be vampires in the 18th Century.  When Carmilla’s cousin Leopoldo (Mel Ferrer) gets engaged to Georgia (Elsa Martinelli), she becomes jealous and something snaps within her.  Suddenly her very presence begins to frighten the horses.  Next things we know a maid is found dead …

Vadim had found his new muse in then wife Annette Vadim, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Brigitte Bardot. The brunette Martinelli looks equally luscious.  The movie is nicely atmospheric and contains a few really striking shots in a dream sequence.  Folks looking for real scares should look elsewhere but I kind of liked it.

Trailer (the color was much more vivid in the version I watched on YouTube)

2 thoughts on “Blood and Roses (1960)

  1. I was wondering how I could sneak this one in, here is close enough LOL. I’m pretty certain you won’t have heard this

    Folkie Andy Irvine did a complete double somersault and produced this masterpiece of darkness completely unlike anything he’s done and since it’s called Blood & Gold I’m sneaking it in. I dislike the wailing sort of singing from middle Europe but for this one it suits it to a tee, hard to find so forgive the bad audio. This is an antiwar song par excellence.

    For a good modern twist on vampires werewolves etc read The Parasol Protectorate series. Daughter and I loved it. Brilliantly created alternate Victorian England where Vampires, Werewolves etc are just other members of society, well mostly. Sassy heroine with a unique supernatural ability of her own catches the eye of a member of the werewolf aristocracy, a happy marriage ensues and then she finds her Lord is a close and trusted advisor to Queen Vic. Lots of adventures plotting and steampunk gadgetry. It really is a prime read, some nice humour too.

    I promise now I WILL stop hijacking your movie threads with my nonsense!!

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