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The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960)

L'amante del vampiro (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 31 October 1962 (USA)
A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires.

Director:

Renato Polselli

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Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay), Ernesto Gastaldi (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hélène Rémy ... Luisa (as Helene Remy)
Tina Gloriani Tina Gloriani ... Francesca
Walter Brandi ... Herman
Isarco Ravaioli Isarco Ravaioli ... Luca
Gino Turini Gino Turini ... Giorgio (as John Turner)
Pier Ugo Gragnani Pier Ugo Gragnani ... Professor (as Ugo Gragnani)
Brigitte Castor Brigitte Castor
Lut Maryk Lut Maryk
Ombretta Ostenda Ombretta Ostenda
Bava Sanni Bava Sanni
Marisa Quattrini Marisa Quattrini
Giorgio Braccesi Giorgio Braccesi
Titti Valeri Titti Valeri
Stefania Sabatini Stefania Sabatini
Franca Licastro Franca Licastro
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A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires.

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A company of beautiful young dancers stranded in a lonely mountain village...as the horror legend two thousand years old comes alive! See more »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vampire and the Ballerina See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film's story and screenplay were written by director Renato Polselli and screenplay authors Giuseppe Pellegrini and Ernesto Gastaldi. The original screenplay for the film was written by Giampaolo Callegaris. Ernesto Gastaldi described the script as "rather canine", and wrote a new one with director Renato Polselli. Gastaldi felt the script was no different than any others he had worked on, with the only new element being vampires. Gastaldi commented that since Dracula starring Christopher Lee had been such a big hit in Italy, producers and distributors were eager to make their own vampire films. See more »

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The Vampires and the Ballerinas
29 June 2014 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

Seen 54 years after its initial release "L'amante del vampiro" (1960) was a most pleasant surprise, a good horror film that introduced vampires with fangs into the golden age of Italian "cinéma fantastique", including (and often mixing) horror, péplum, spy spoof, comic-book heroes, giallo, and even science-fiction. When discussing this film directed by Renato Polselli, most sources indicate the influence of Terence Fisher's "Dracula" (United Kingdom, 1958), but I would say that Fernando Méndez's "El vampiro" (Mexico, 1957) was also a source of inspiration: the constant irruption of the Italian vampire (Walter Brandi) into the house of the ballerinas, is evocative of the menacing presence of a Eastern European vampire in the Mexican hacienda. It is evident that the financial resources were scarce, but this little film was made with conviction, imagination and a lot of humor. I suppose the erotic elements came mostly from Polselli, who would eventually direct a few pornographic films: in this case he handled them with the typical restraint of mainstream cinema of its day, but they are by no means deprived of sensuality. First, the film includes two welcome dance sequences, one even emerging from the beautiful ballerinas' sudden inspiration. Any dance academy would love to have this kind of students, who are good-looking, suggestive, dance well and can choreograph themselves! Then there is the vampire baroness (Maria Luisa Lombardo), a lady constantly in heat, even when she is wearing medieval gowns; while the erotic undercurrent rises whenever hunk Gino Turini (as Giorgio, the choreographer) appears bare chested, in bathing suits or in bed with his lover. The most sensual moment though, is when ballerina Luisa (Hélène Remy) moves ardently in bed, waiting for the vampire to arrive. The castle used as the vampires' lair is superb, with actors obviously working in very cold conditions; the black and white cinematography is a big plus, and even the ugly vampire's evident mask points to one important plot element. But I believe that the great strength of "L'amante del vampiro" is the music by Aldo Piga, even if some find it annoying. He not only added rhythm to scenes shot at a slow pace, but he also did a great job combining suspenseful contemporary music with a portentous and dramatic score that magnifies the terror described. Renato Polselli was not the most inspired director, yes, and it shows that he handled the material just adequately. But everybody involved in this production contributed more than the usual quota of professionalism and enthusiasm, and I believe that this is what has contributed to make "L'amante del vampiro" an attractive and interesting horror work up to this day.


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