Directed by Louis Feuillade • 1915 • France
Starring Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque
The undisputed master of the silent-era espionage serial, Louis Feuillade (FANTÔMAS) crafted films with labyrinthine plots and unforgettable characters that influenced countless generations of filmmakers. Comprised of ten episodes and clocking in at nearly seven hours in duration, LES VAMPIRES is an unqualified masterpiece. It follows journalist Philippe Guérande (Édouard Mathé) in his efforts to expose a vast criminal organization known as the Vampires. Joined by a comical sidekick, Mazamette (Marcel Lévesque), and often competing against a rival gang lord (Fernand Herrmann), Guérande dethrones a succession of the Vampires’ Grand Masters. But most evasive of all is the Vampires’ muse, a seductive assassin who performs her job with deadly grace: Irma Vep, played by the unforgettable Musidora.