Vampyr

Vampyr

Friday, November 20, 2009

Rubin Museum of Art

 

With an introduction by Ellen Kushner
As part of Carl Jung's "Red Book" series

A student of the occult enters a small village outside of Paris which is plagued by vampires. Dreyer manages to create a horror film fraught with gorgeous cinematography and complex characters that never allows the audience to stop thinking. All the imagery is set in a dreamy, gauzy world that seems to exist only for the telling of this delicate tale. In Jungian terms the vampire is a symbol of the libidinous instincts turning against life. The archetype often reflects the symbiotic complicity that exists between victim and victimizer.

Introduced by Ellen Kushner, the fantasy novelist of award-winning The Privilege of the Sword and Thomas the Rhymer. She is the host of the radio program ‘Sound & Spirit’, produced by WGBH in Boston and distributed by Public Radio International.