Saturday Oct 28
Toronto Silent Film Festival and the Fox Theatre present Vampyr 1932
Directed by Carl T Dreyer
Live accompaniment by Laura Sgroi
“One of Cinema’s greatest nightmares”
"I wanted to create a waking dream on screen and show that horror is not to be found in the things around us but in our own subconscious,” said Danish film-maker Carl Theodor Dreyer whose loosely adapted Sheridan Le Fanu’s two stories, Carmilla and The Room in the Dragon Volant for his tale of dread. His use of shadows and light create a profoundly unsettlingly film, whose rich atmospheric settings move seamlessly between perceptions of dream and reality.
Vampyr was released as a minimalist sound film with the director using the silent film aesthetic to its fullest extent. We're returning it to that state with live music. The dialogue was nominal at best, and with English subtitling, nothing is lost.
Vampyr holds its place in the canon of vampire film lore as one of the most deeply disquieting experiences. Don’t see it alone.
Plus: The Fall of the House of Usher 1928 13min
Directed by James S Watson & Melville Weber
With nods to silent classics The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Der Golem and Faust, this avant-garde ode to German Expressionism is a fantastical montage of imagery designed to encapsulate the claustrophobia and instability in Poe’s classic morbid tale.
Tickets: $15-$13 Fox Members