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Interview With the Vampire - Around the World in Lots Of Bites.
Interview With The Vampire (DVD)
Member Name: Karonher
Interview With The Vampire (DVD)
Advantages: A great story and near perfect acting.
Disadvantages: Nothing for me.
It's not often that I buy a DVD after seeing the film at the pictures but I knew after watching Interview with the Vampire that I would want to see it again. Having read the book I knew I liked the story but was quite shocked about the scale of the film - the cinematography surrounding the time that Louis was created was amazing. The film runs for 123 minutes and was filmed in dozens of locations over England, America and Paris.
The cast is made up of many of the best known - and incredibly handsome - actors. The main two are Brad Pitt - he plays Louis de Pointe du Lac and is the Vampire in the title and Tom Cruise who is the slightly evil and slightly jaded Lestat De Lioncourt.
Other famous names to appear are Kirsten Dunst - a child that is never given the chance to grow, Stephen Rea - the really dark side of Vampirism is perfectly displayed by him-Armand is Antonia Banderas the often misunderstood and really quite likable leader. The human element is Christian Slater and he is the person who is carrying out the interview. This role was originally meant for River Phoenix, but he died before filming started. There have been reports that Slater gave his fee to charities supported by Phoenix.
The story begins as Louis is telling the tale of his 200 years as a vampire in the present day- or present day for the time the film was made in the 1990s.
We meet Louis as a human at a time when life means nothing to him. He has lost his wife and child and does not see a reason to live. It is at this time that he is made aware of how dearly we want to hold on to our lives when there is the risk of losing them.
As a young man Louis is given a choice and many of us would struggle to decide if it was a good or bad offer. After being attacked he is told that there two options for him. He can die as a result of the attack or live forever - the catch being that he will be a vampire. This is when the story really starts and Louis and Lestat start their journey. Time moves on and Louis and another Vampire Claudia become the main characters and we go with them around the world. They spend a lot of time in Paris meeting some of the Elders as they had thought they were the only Vampires left in America.
The film sticks closely to the book so there were no shocks for me as the story unfolds and while there is clearly a fair amount of blood on show it was nothing that made the film difficult to watch.
Mistakes in the filming and continuity - could be seen as spoilers so may be time to stop reading if you like to look out for these.
In one scene Louis learns to drink blood and uses a glass - the next time the camera cuts to him he has a perfectly clean glass. Another time he is walking along a beach looking as smart as ever and yet he had spent quite a lot of time in the water.
As I bought this many years ago I cannot remember how much I paid for it but to buy it now it will cost from £3 on Amazon.
Summary: A tale of friendship, change and ultimately acceptance.