Irma Vep: Essential Edition
Hong Kong action diva Maggie Cheung (Ashes of Time Redux, In the Mood for Love) plays herself in haute auteur Olivier Assayas' spiky satire of the French film industry. After seeing her in Johnny To's cult-actioner Heroic Trio, past-his-prime director Rene Vidal (New Wave legend Jean-Pierre Leaud) impetuously casts Cheung as the lead in his remake of the silent classic Les Vampires. Unable to speak a word of French and clad in a head-to-toe rubber catsuit, Cheung finds herself adrift among the disorganized crew - including an increasingly erratic Vidal, a lovesick bi-sexual costumer (Nathalie Richard) and a gossipy executive's wife (Bulle Ogier). With freewheeling cinematography choreographed to the strains of Sonic Youth and Luna, Irma Vep immerses the viewer into the heady desperation and l'amour fou of modern movie-making. Zeitgeist Films celebrates our 20th Anniversary with a sparkling new DVD release of this supercool comic gem.