Et mourir de plaisir (1960)

France, Italy, 1960
74m, 87m
35mm film, Technirama, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, French

A French/Italian horror film directed by Roger Vadim. Production began on 4 January 1960


Carmilla becomes possessed by a vampire and attacks the inhabitants of a country estate.


Directed by: Roger Vadim
© 1960 by Les Films E.G.E. and Documento Film
A Paramount release [US version]
Produced by: Raymond Eger
Screenplay by: Roger Vadim, Roger Vailland
Original Story by: Claude Martin and Claude Brulé
From a story [Carmilla] by: Sheridan Le Fanu
Director of Photography: Claude Renoir
Film Editor: Victoria Mercanton
Music Composed and Conducted by: Jean Prodromidès
Sound: Robert Biart
Western Electric Sound
Designer of Costumes: Marcel Escoffier
Make-up: Amato Garbini
Art Direction: Jean André and Robert Guisgand
Studios: Cinecitta, Rome
Locations: Rome, Lazio, Italy

Mel Ferrer (Leopoldo De Karnstein)
Elsa Martinelli (Georgia Monteverdi)
Annette Vadim (Carmilla)
Alberto Bonucci (Carlo Ruggieri)
R.J. Chauffard [real name: René-Jean Chauffard] (Dr Verari)
Gaby Farinon [real name: Gabriella Farinon] (Lisa)
Serge Marquand (Giuseppe)
Edith Arlene Peters Catalano (the cook)
Nathalie LeForet (Marie)
Carmilla Stroyberg (Martha)
Marc Allégret (Judge Monteverdi)

Alternative Titles

Blod och rosor – Sweden
Blood and Roses – UK/USA
Rosas de Sangue – Brazil
O Sangue e a Rosa – Portugal
Il sangue e la rosa – Italy
…und vor Lust zu sterben – Austria
Und vor Lust zu sterben – West Germany
Verinen ruusu – Finland

Extracts included in
Bride of Monster Mania (2000)



  • Cahiers du Cinéma vol.19 no.113 (November 1960) p.60 – review
  • Celulóide vol.3 no.43 (July 1961) p.18 – review
  • The Daily Cinema no.8548 (13 December 1961) p.10 – review
  • The Film Daily vol.119 no.47 (8 September 1961) p.6 – review
  • Filmkritik no.3 (March 1961) p.164 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.167 no.26 (25 October 1961) p.3 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2828 (14 December 1961) p.131 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.29 no.336 (January 1962) p.5 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.224 no.11 (13 September 1961) p.267 – review
  • Photoplay June 1961 pp.50-51 – illustrated review (Vadim’s shocker)
  • Variety 28 September 1960 – credits, review
  • Video Watchdog no.183 (May/June 2016) pp.34-37 – illustrated review (by John-Paul Checkett)


  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.85-87, 88, 94, 109, 181, 182, 219, 221,
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.41 – credits
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.40 – credits
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.52-53 – illustrated review (by Dawn Dabell)
  • Other sources
  • BFI Southbank Guide October/November 2018 p.41 – illustrated listing