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Irma Vep (1996): Layers of Reflexivity

by Brett Service

In this sequence from "Irma Vep" (1996), we witness an unfolding take on set as director Rene Vidal (Jean-Pierre Leaud) attempts to remake the silent film serial, "Les Vampires". With a sudden shift to black-and-white film stock, we see the sequence unfold as the dailies as the crew and director look on. In this shift, which is also demarcated on the sound track, we are reminded of the layers of representation, both as a matter of aesthetic concern within the film's diegesis, and as a broader dramatic concern for the viewer of Assayas' film.

Irma Vep (1996): Take Two & Dailies

In this clip from 'Irma Vep' (1996), a retake of a filmed scene segues into the black-and-white dailies as watched by the crew after the fact.

from Irma Vep (1996)
Creator: Olivier Assayas
Distributor: Fox Lorber
Posted by Brett Service