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Vampyr introduction

The 18:30 screening on Wed 25 May will be introduced by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Reader in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University, and co-lead of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies.

Film details

The first sound-film by one of the greatest of all filmmakers, Vampyr offers a sensual immediacy that few works of cinema can claim to match. Legendary director Carl Theodor Dreyer leads the viewer through a realm akin to a waking-dream, a zone positioned somewhere between reality and the supernatural.

Traveller Allan Gray arrives at a countryside inn seemingly beckoned by haunted forces. His growing acquaintance with the family who reside there soon opens up a network of uncanny associations between the dead and the living, which pull Gray ever deeper into an unsettling, and upsetting, mystery.