Sunday, 14 February 2016

GRAVEYARD BLUES AND REDS










REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE, d. Jean Rollin (1973)

Rollin famously builds his films image by image, then fills in whatever gaps there are with snatches of dialogue and fragmented bits and pieces of narrative. Here, two young women, dressed as clowns, evade a police chase and take refuge in a cemetery and then a mysterious chateau filled with vampires. After half an hour, some nudity, and a lot of wandering around, the girls fill in their back story. It is the longest piece of dialogue in the film so far, and is fantastically succinct. 

'There was a party. We were dressed as clowns. We killed a man. We got away and our friend picked us up in his car. He got shot, then we came here.'

Seriously, what more do you need to know?    

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