The Black Vampire (Černý upír / El vampiro negro )

The Black Vampire
Program section: Argentine Noir
Directed by: Román Viñoly Barreto
Year: 1953
Country: Argentina
Length: 90 min.
Cast: Olga Zubarry, Nathán Pinzón, Roberto Escalada, Nelly Panizza, Mariano Vidal Molina


  • 24. 8. 2023 | 14:00 - Cinema Sokol Český Šternberk
  • 26. 8. 2023 | 00:00 - Central Bohemia Region Hall

Lang’s German proto-noir M (1931) is one of the iconic works of cinema history. Coupled with the American remake directed by Joseph Losey (1951), we screened it at the 2017 NFF. This year sees the screening of another version of the story of the infamous Düsseldorf child killer, made by Uruguayan-born, Argentina-based director Román Viñoly Barreto under the title The Black Vampire. The lead role of the pedophile professor was played by Nathán Pinzón, who was also chosen by the filmmakers for his resemblance to Peter Lorre, the star of Lang’s film. Eddie Muller described the film as “startlingly revisionist take on the dark fable” and wrote at the occasion of the MoMA screening of the restored version of the film: “Sensational cinematography by Anibal González Paz helps make this film every bit as worthy as Losey’s American remake, and the script’s inventive proto-feminist reimaging of the storyline confirms The Black Vampire as a major rediscovery.”

Jana Bébarová


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