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Le Vampire de Dusseldorf

  • Film

Time Out says

The years have been surprisingly kind to this sanitised sketch of compulsive killer Peter Kürten, guillotined in 1930 for nine murders, whose case inspired Fritz Lang's M and Ulli Lommel's Tenderness of the Wolves. Combining a mincing, stiff-armed walk with a fastidious, courtly manner, Hossein turns Kürten into a cross between a timid Truffaut hero and some bright-eyed, remorseless rodent. The background of political upheaval (the film opens with a mini-documentary on the Weimar Republic) is pseudo-significant: anomalies like Kürten are hardly a product of social conditions. Still, the sullen strikers and cruising Brownshirts all add to the atmosphere of disturbance and hysteria. The quirky tone is sustained by the score - written by the director's father - which like the whole film manages to be simultaneously jaunty and funereal.
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Release Details

  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Robert Hossein
  • Screenwriter:Robert Hossein, Claude Desailly, Georges-André Tabet
  • Cast:
    • Robert Hossein
    • Marie-France Pisier
    • Roger Dutoit
    • Paloma Valdès
    • Tanya Lopert
    • Danik Patisson
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