Movie - Interview with the Vampire
Release Date: 11 November 1994 (USA)
Tagline: Drink From Me And Live Forever
Runtime: 123 mins
Director: Neil Jordan
Producer: David Geffen, Stephen Woolley
Writer: Anne Rice (screenplay), Anne Rice (novel)
Scripts - Undated draft with possible deleted scenes and changed story
14: Meeting Armand
EXT. BOULEVARD FACADE OF GRAND HOTEL AND PARIS OPERA
Crowds and gaslight everywhere. Carriages, horses,
OPERA coming from the opera house.
I think the very name of Paris
brought a rush of pleasure to me
that was extraordinary. I was a
Creole, after all and Paris was the
mother of New Orleans, a universe
whole and entire unto herself...
EXT. 18TH CENTURE PALACES ALONG THE SEINE - NIGHT
The high walls of the Louvre, dark figures walking in
pairs through the shadowy tulieries.
EXT. STREET - SHOP WINDOW
Claudia, in furtrimmed muff and bonnet, peers through
the glass at a display of dolls. Each doll in there
seems to resemble her, with blonde hair and blue eyes.
She peers deep into the shop and sees -
MADELEINE, a young woman bent over a workbench painting
a doll's face, oblivious to being watched.
INT. OPERA STAIRCASE
Louis and Claudia hurrying hand in hand with a crowd of
mortals towards the sound of an ORCHESTRA TURNING
INT. NOTRE DAME
Claudia and Louis standing in the deep shadows, looking
at the branching arches. Louis is overcome with
sadness, Claudia is fascinated.
Louis and Claudia walk among a series of mythological
nudes by Poussin.
INT. SALON - NIGHT
Claudia, surrounded by discarded dresses and outfits,
being attended by couturiers. All the clothes are tiny,
to fit her frame, but have an adult cut and shape.
We were alive again. We were in
love and so euphoric was I that I
yielded to her every desire...
INT. SUMPRUOUS HOTEL SUITE
Full of late 19th century furniture, lots of Empire
style, Regency, gilt, velvet and brocade.
CLOSE ON A HUGE BLACK EBONY CHEST
Against a wall, solemn among all the light and glitter.
By a large gilt mirror, in her new clothes. She is
covered with jewelry, fixing earrings to her ears.
Help me, mon chere...
Louis walks over, helps her with the earrings.
How do I look?
Still my beautiful child.
A beautiful child! Is that what you
still think I am?
He turns away.
Why do you turn away? Why don't you
She twirls, looking at herself in the mirror, then
stops, stares at herself.
You want me to be your daughter
forever, don't you?
Well tell me, papa. What was it
like making love?
Louis is stunned. He blushes.
You don't remember? Or you never
It was something hurries...and
seldom savored... something acute
that was quickly lost. It was the
pale shadow of killing.
But how will I ever know, Louis?
She stares at him through the mirror.
I'll never find them, will I? My
EXT. BOULEVARD - EVENING
Louis and Claudia walk along a boulevard like father
and daughter. All around them are bourgeois Parisian
families on their evening stroll. Claudia points at the
children that pass.
Have I anything in common with her,
She points to a beautiful French child walking by with
Or her, or her - or any of them?
Claudia, you torture yourself.
They are ducklings, that will grow
into swans. Whereas I must be the
You are more beautiful than any of
EXT. DOLL-SHOP - NIGHT
We see Madeleine, inside, painting a doll's face. Louis
and Claudia arrive outside.
All her dolls resemble me.
Claudia's face, with the dolls in the background. The
resemblance is uncanny.
Are they my kind Louis? Dolls never
You are neither, Claudia. Now stop
Madeleine sees Claudia from inside. She waves.
You know her?
Yes. Should I take her, Louis?
Among her dolls? Make a doll of her
He takes her arm. But Claudia shakes him off, and moves
into the shop.
EXT. LATIN QUARTER - NIGHT
Louis walks briskly, head bowed.
For a time we had been almost
human, in the sensual whirl of what
Paris had to offer. But the human
delights of that city only served
to remind her of the ageless child
she had become. I felt her pain as
I walked until I become aware that
I was being followed.
CLOSEUP - LOUIS' FEET
Walking. A step echoes his.
Louis stops. Turns, sees nothing. Then walks again. The
echoing steps begin again.
Louis again. Sees a shadow, flitting.
Nothing. He walks again, hears the same effect. Then he
stops. He stares at a gaslamp opposite.
So it was when I had given up the
search for vampires that a vampire
Santiago, a tall vampire, materializes under the
gaslight. And Louis gradually realizes that this
vampire has assumed the same attitude, posture, clothes
and hair-style as Louis.
Louis gives an involuntary shake of the head. Santiago
mimics. Louis takes a step forwards. Santiago mimics.
Louis folds his arms. Santiago mimics.
LOUIS & STATIAGO
You mean me harm?
(a beat later)
You mean me harm?
Santiago echoes the first word, but not the second.
Louis has broken his composure. He turns his back on
Santiago, only to come face to face with Santiago right
in front of him.
Again Louis turns this back to find Santiago facing
Louis turns, glowers, refusing to look at him.
I've searched the world for an
immortal and this is what I find?
Slowly he looks up. Santiago draws close, breaking the
mirror trick and suddenly slams Louis back against the
Louis is furious. He regains his balance, strikes out
at Santiago and when Santiago vanishes, to reappear
behind him, Louis slams back his elbow into his
midriff. Santiago staggers, amazed and then rushes at
Louis, throwing him down.
Louis rolls back to his feet, then to his amazement
sees two vampires, on in front, on behind. He looks
both ways, then sees one has vanished. He stares,
awestruck, at this new one:
He looks like an angel.
You are all right.
He reaches into his waistcoat, takes an engraved
invitation out of his pocket and thrusts it at Louis.
Louis reads it aloud, as we see:
"THEATRE DES VAMPIRES
By Special Invitation
Friday, 9 p.m."
Bring the petit beauty with you. No
one will harm you. I won't allow
it. Remember my name. Armand.
Armand bows and vanishes.
Louis listens to the silence.