Irma Vep
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Irma Vep






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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Olivier Assayas
Year: 1996
Format: DVD
Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud
Original Language: English, French
Subtitle Language: English
Number of discs: 2
Street Date: 27-April-2021
Runtime (minutes): 99


The live-wire international breakthrough of Olivier Assayas stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action-movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic silent crime serial Les vampires. What she finds is a behind-the-scenes tangle of barely controlled chaos as egos clash, romantic attractions simmer, and an obsessive director (a cannily cast Jean-Pierre Léaud) drives himself to the brink to realize his vision. Blending blasts of silent cinema, martial-arts flicks, and the music of Sonic Youth and Luna into a hallucinatory swirl of postmodern cool, Assayas composes a witty critique of the nineties French film industry and the eternal tension between art and commercial entertainment.

Director-Approved Two-DVDSpecial Edition Features
• New 2K digital restoration from the original camera negative, approved by director Olivier Assayas
• New interview with Assayas
• On the Set of “Irma Vep,” a behind-the-scenes featurette
• Interview from 2003 with Assayas and critic Charles Tesson
• Interview from 2003 with actors Maggie Cheung and Nathalie Richard
• Musidora, the Tenth Muse (2013), a documentary on the actor who originated the role of Irma Vep
• Les vampires: Hypnotic Eyes (1916), the sixth episode in Louis Feuillade’s silent-film serial
• Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung, a 1997 short film by Assayas
• Black-and-white rushes for the film
• English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• PLUS: An essay by critic Aliza Ma

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