Irma Vep was a 1996 French film directed by Olivier Assayas and, rather than being an actual remake of the 1915 serial Les Vampires, it observed the fictional remaking of the serial.
The serial itself received, quite rightly, an Honourable Mention. I hadn’t really thought to look at the film until it was mentioned, and explored, in Ken Gelder’s book New Vampire Cinema. We have to, therefore, look to Gelder’s reasoning for including the film in his study.
He looks at it in the chapter “Citational Vampires” and of Irma Vep he says it “is not quite a vampire film; we might say that it puts itself into proximity with vampire films, that it cites them, summons them and draws them in (and keeps them at bay). It does this by triggering off a sequence of other encounters between the local and the remote, all in the framework of thinking about the contemporary nature of cinema itself: both in terms of its ‘local levels of language and community and affective mobilization’, and in terms of transnational circulation and distribution.”
|Maggie Cheung as herself|
|Musidora as the original Irma Vep|
|Nathalie Richard as Zoé|
|Cheung in make-up|
|stalking through the hotel|
|Cheung in the rain|
The imdb page is here.