Les Vampires (1916)

Director
Louis Feuillade

Main cast
Musidora; Édouard Mathé; Marcel Lévesque; Jean Aymé; Fernand Herrmann

Genres
Crime, Action

Description
Les Vampires is a 1915–16 French silent crime serial film written and directed by Louis Feuillade. Set in Paris, it stars Édouard Mathé, Musidora and Marcel Lévesque. The main characters are a journalist and his friend who become involved in trying to uncover and stop a bizarre underground Apache gang, known as The Vampires


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