Movie - Interview with the Vampire


Release Date: 11 November 1994 (USA)
Genre: Horror
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


01 - San Francisco
04 - Training Louis, Act 1
07 - Training Louis, Act 3
10 - Training Claudia, Act 1
13 - Lestat's Vengence
16 - Teaching By Armand, Act 1
19 - Louis's Vengence
02 - Meeting Lestat
05 - Training Louis, Act 2
08 - Meeting Claudia
11 - Training Claudia, Act 2
14 - Meeting Armand
17 - Madeline Becomes A Vampire
20 - Meeting Lestat
03 - Louis Becomes A Vampire
06 - Louis's Rebellion
09 - Claudia Becomes A Vampire
12 - Claudia's Rebellion
15 - Theatre des Vampires
18 - Lestat's Return



14: Meeting Armand


EXT. BOULEVARD FACADE OF GRAND HOTEL AND PARIS OPERA

Crowds and gaslight everywhere. Carriages, horses, OPERA coming from the opera house.

LOUIS (V.O.)
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 beyond.

INT. NOTRE DAME

Claudia and Louis standing in the deep shadows, looking at the branching arches. Louis is overcome with sadness, Claudia is fascinated.

INT. GALLERY

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.

LOUIS
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.

CLAUDIA

By a large gilt mirror, in her new clothes. She is covered with jewelry, fixing earrings to her ears.

CLAUDIA
Help me, mon chere...

Louis walks over, helps her with the earrings.

CLAUDIA
How do I look?

LOUIS
Still my beautiful child.

Claudia laughs.

CLAUDIA
A beautiful child! Is that what you still think I am?

LOUIS
Yes...

He turns away.

CLAUDIA
Why do you turn away? Why don't you look.

She twirls, looking at herself in the mirror, then stops, stares at herself.

CLAUDIA
You want me to be your daughter forever, don't you?

LOUIS
Yes.

CLAUDIA
Well tell me, papa. What was it like making love?

Louis is stunned. He blushes.

CLAUDIA
You don't remember? Or you never knew.

LOUIS
It was something hurries...and seldom savored... something acute that was quickly lost. It was the pale shadow of killing.

CLAUDIA
But how will I ever know, Louis?

She stares at him through the mirror.

CLAUDIA
I'll never find them, will I? My own kind...

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.

CLAUDIA
Have I anything in common with her, Louis?

She points to a beautiful French child walking by with her mother.

CLAUDIA
Or her, or her - or any of them?

LOUIS
Claudia, you torture yourself.

CLAUDIA
They are ducklings, that will grow into swans. Whereas I must be the duckling forever.

LOUIS
You are more beautiful than any of them.

EXT. DOLL-SHOP - NIGHT

We see Madeleine, inside, painting a doll's face. Louis and Claudia arrive outside.

CLAUDIA
All her dolls resemble me.

POV

Claudia's face, with the dolls in the background. The resemblance is uncanny.

CLAUDIA
Are they my kind Louis? Dolls never change either.

LOUIS
You are neither, Claudia. Now stop this -

Madeleine sees Claudia from inside. She waves.

LOUIS
You know her?

CLAUDIA
Yes. Should I take her, Louis? Among her dolls? Make a doll of her in turn?

LOUIS
Come, Claudia...

He takes her arm. But Claudia shakes him off, and moves into the shop.

EXT. LATIN QUARTER - NIGHT

Louis walks briskly, head bowed.

LOUIS (V.O.)
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.

LOUIS
Claudia!

Nothing. He walks again, hears the same effect. Then he stops. He stares at a gaslamp opposite.

LOUIS (V.O.)
So it was when I had given up the search for vampires that a vampire found me...

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
(simultaneously)
Clever.

LOUIS
You mean me harm?

SANTIAGO
(a beat later)
You mean me harm?

Louis calculates.

LOUIS
Trickster. Buffoon!

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 him.

Louis turns, glowers, refusing to look at him.

LOUIS
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 wall.

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:

ARMAND
He looks like an angel.

ARMAND
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."

ARMAND
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.




01 - San Francisco
04 - Training Louis, Act 1
07 - Training Louis, Act 3
10 - Training Claudia, Act 1
13 - Lestat's Vengence
16 - Teaching By Armand, Act 1
19 - Louis's Vengence
02 - Meeting Lestat
05 - Training Louis, Act 2
08 - Meeting Claudia
11 - Training Claudia, Act 2
14 - Meeting Armand
17 - Madeline Becomes A Vampire
20 - Meeting Lestat
03 - Louis Becomes A Vampire
06 - Louis's Rebellion
09 - Claudia Becomes A Vampire
12 - Claudia's Rebellion
15 - Theatre des Vampires
18 - Lestat's Return