Irma Vep

Irma Vep

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Overview

Written and directed by Olivier Assayas, Irma Vep tells the story of has-been French filmmaker René Vidal (Jean-Pierre Léaud). In an attempt to reinvigorate his career, Vidal decides to remake Les Vampires, the classic silent serial featuring the adventures of jewel thief Irma Vep. Playing herself, actress Maggie Cheung is cast as the lead, joining Vidal on a chaotic set where he gets little respect from the rest of the cast and crew. Speaking no French, Cheung finds herself fending off the advances of lesbian costumer Zoé (Nathalie Richard), sticking up for Vidal, and becoming so immersed in her role that she burgles the guests of her hotel while in costume.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2008
UPC: 0795975110938
Original Release: 1996
Source: Zeitgeist Films
Time: 1:36:00

Special Features

16:9 anamorphic widescreen transfer, available for the first time in North America; Audio commentary: a discussion with director Olivier Assayas and critic Jean-Michel Frodon; 30 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, plus an additional audio essay by Assayas and Frodon; "Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung" (1997), a short film by Assayas; Black-and-white rushes; Original French theatrical trailer; 20-page booklet with essays on Maggie Cheung and Les Vampires director Louis Feuillade by Assayas, and on appreciation by critic Kent Jones

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maggie Cheung Maggie
Jean-Pierre Léaud Rene Vidal
Nathalie Richard Zoe
Antoine Basler Journalist Who Loves John Woo
Nathalie Boutefeu Laure
Lou Castel Jose Mirano
Alex Descas Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse Maite
Arsinée Khanjian American Woman
Bulle Ogier Mireille
Pierre Amzallag Emergency Doctor
Françoise Clavel Rene's Wife
Balthazar Clémenti Robert, Assistant
Lara Cowez Script Supervisor
Dominique Cuny Grip
Jessica Doyle Jessica, Roland's Friend
Sandra Faure Sex Shop Salesperson
Catherine Ferny Policewoman
Maryel Ferraud Make-up Woman
Jacques Fieschi Roland
Filip Forgeau Camera Operator
Nicolas Giraudin Unit Manager
Françoise Guglielmi pr
Valérie Guy Valérie, In Mireille's Apartment
Odile Horion Zoé's Assistant
Laurent Jacquet Electrician
Bernard Kissile Markus
Françoise-Renaud Labarthe TV Cameraman
Philippe Landoulsi Inspector
Estelle Larrivaz Switchboard Operator
Alain Martin Boy At "Café Des Oiseaux"
Willy Martin Bellboy
Smail Mekki Kermor, Unit Manager
Maurice Najman Maurice, Roland's Friend
Yann Richard Kevin
Guy-Patrick Sainderi TV Dignitary
Jérôme Simonin Property Man
Olivier Torres Ferdinand Moreno
Alexandra Yonnet Lili, Markus' Friend

Technical Credits
Olivier Assayas Director,Screenwriter
Pierre Amzallag Casting
Luc Barnier Editor
Sylvie Barthet Production Manager
Tina Baz Editor
Georges Benayoun Producer
Françoise Clavel Costumes/Costume Designer
Alice de Andrade Asst. Director
Grégoire Delage Special Effects
Jessica Doyle Costumes/Costume Designer
William Flageollet Sound Mixer
Éric Gautier Cinematographer
Françoise Guglielmi Executive Producer
Michel Julienne Consultant/advisor
Françoise-Renaud Labarthe Art Director,Asst. Director
Marie Lecoeur Editor
Laurent Levy Special Effects
Olivier Mariangeon Special Effects
Eric Michon Musical Direction/Supervision
Isabelle Nyssen Makeup
Marie-Christine Ratel Sound Editor
Philipe Richard Score Composer
Nancy Tong Makeup
Olivier Zeninski Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Irma Vep
1. Late [5:02]
2. A Modern Irma Vep [7:41]
3. Respect the Silence [10:39]
4. Rushes [5:57]
5. Dinner [5:02]
6. "Zoe Likes Girls?" [7:18]
7. Just Images, No Soul [8:41]
8. Night Stalking [7:19]
9. Typical French Cinema [7:08]
10. René Is Missing [6:20]
11. "Pourquoi Une Chinoise?" [3:02]
12. Maggie and Zoé [6:15]
13. The Screening [5:19]
14. René Vidal's Irma Rep [3:13]
15. End Credits/"Bonnie and Clyde" [2:41]

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