Dir. Roger Vadim, 1960, Italy, France, 74min, 35mm, Color
With Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg, Alberto Bonucci
In French with English subtitles
Suspected descendants of vampires, beautiful Carmilla (Annette Stroyberg) and her cousin Leopoldo (Mel Ferrer) live in a mansion in the Roman countryside. When Leopoldo’s lovely fiancée Georgia (Elsa Martinelli) arrives, Carmilla strangely begins to identify with her own vampiric ancestor, Millarca, whose portrait hangs in their home. As village lore has it, Millarca was never desecrated with a stake through the heart, allowing her a continued life—one that Carmilla now assumes in her sensual but predatory pursuit of Georgia.