Blood and Roses


1h 30m 1961

Brief Synopsis

Young Carmilla is jealous of her friend's engagement, and her obsession leads her to the tomb of a female vampire. The vampire possesses her and leads her to kill and terrorise the inhabitants of the estate. But is it all in her mind, or is she really under the control of an ancient vampire ancestor?

Film Details

Also Known As
... Et mourir de plaisir, Il sangue e la rosa
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
Pittsburgh opening: 2 Sep 1961
Production Company
Documento Film; Films E. G. E.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
France
Location
Hadrian's Villa, Italy
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Carmilla" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu in In a Glass Darkly (London, 1872).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

At an old country villa near modern Rome, the aristocratic Leopoldo De Karnstein makes final preparations for a masked ball celebrating his approaching marriage to Georgia Monteverdi. Also present is Leopoldo's cousin Carmilla, who is fascinated by the legend that their ancestors were vampires, one of whom, Millarca, was never destroyed. Carmilla is secretly in love with Leopoldo and bitterly resents his marrying the beautiful Georgia. On the evening of the ball, Carmilla appears wearing Millarca's dress, a flowing white gown that she has taken from the family museum. Later that night, while wandering about the estate, Carmilla stumbles upon the crypt where Millarca was entombed and becomes possessed by the evil spirit of her ancestor. A few days later, the dead body of a servant girl, Lisa, is found, with the marks of the vampire on her neck. Subsequently, Carmilla goes to Georgia's bedroom, where at that moment Georgia is having a nightmare. Leopoldo is wakened by terrified screams, rushes into Georgia's room, and finds her in a coma with marks on her neck. Carmilla flees to Millarca's grave just as the police are preparing to detonate some abandoned German mines dating from World War II. The force of the explosion hurls Carmilla against a fence, and a wooden stake pierces her heart. Weeks later, Leopoldo and Georgia leave on their honeymoon, unaware that the spirit of Millarca travels with them.

Film Details

Also Known As
... Et mourir de plaisir, Il sangue e la rosa
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
Pittsburgh opening: 2 Sep 1961
Production Company
Documento Film; Films E. G. E.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
France
Location
Hadrian's Villa, Italy
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Carmilla" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu in In a Glass Darkly (London, 1872).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed at Hadrian's Villa in Italy. Opened in Paris in September 1960 as ... Et mourir de plaisir; running time: 80-90 min; in Rome in January 1961 as Il sangue e la rosa; running time: 100 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video September 9, 1992

Released in United States Summer September 2, 1961

Technirama

Released in United States Summer September 2, 1961

Released in United States on Video September 9, 1992