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
16: Teaching By Armand, Act 1
EXT. HOTEL SAINT GABRIEL - NIGHT
Claudia and Louis enter the Lobby.
I loathe them! I can't stand the
sight of them! Stupid bourgeois
Parisians, all dressed in black
like some private club! I've
searched for them the world over
and I despise them!
I can feel it from them! They want
to know who made us, what became of
him. They have their rules, their
They come to their room, enter.
INT. HOTEL ROOMS - NIGHT
Louis closes the door behind him. Claudia paces.
Do you think I would let them harm
No, you would not, Louis. Danger
hold you to me.
Love holds you to me. And we are in
danger, not you.
She smiles at him. A strange, sad, adult smile.
You would leave me for Armand if he
He wants you as you want him. He's
been waiting for you. He wants you
for a companion. He bides his time
that place. he finds them as dull
and lifeless as we do.
That's not so.
Do you know what his soul said to
me without saying a word? When he
put me in that trance...
So you felt it too!
Let him go, he said. Let him go.
She touches his face.
Is that what I should do Louis? Let
you go? My father? My lover? My
Louis, who made me?
There are tears in her eyes. Louis lifts her up in his
He can protect us, Claudia.
You really believe that?
EXT. DOLL-SHIP - NIGHT
Claudia, staring at the dolls. We see Madeleine inside,
painting a doll. She sees Claudia and smiles and waves.
INT. THEATRE - NIGHT
Louis, sitting alone in the box, as the curtains draw
back, to show Santiago as death, as before. Louis takes
advantage of the darkness to slip away.
INT. ARMAND'S ROOM - NIGHT
Armand opens the door to Louis' knock.
I was waiting for you...
Listen to me.
He follows Armand into the room.
Claudia is dear to me. My...
No, my beloved, my child.
If you say so. You are innocent.
I'm not innocent. But I'm afraid.
She feels she's in danger from the
I could give you reasons. Her
silence. Her youth. It's forbidden
to make so young, so helpless, that
cannot survive on its own.
Then blame the one who made her...
Did you kill this vampire who made
you both? Is that why you won't say
his name? Santiago thinks you did.
We want no quarrel with him.
It's already begun. If you want to
save her, send her away.
Then I leave too.
So soon? Without any of those
answers you so longed for?
You said there were none.
But you asked the wrong questions.
Do you know how few vampires have
the stamina for immortality? How
quickly they perish of their own
We can do that?
You would never give up life. If
the world were reduced to one empty
cell, on fragile candle, you stay
alive and study it. You see too
clearly. You see too much.
That's what the one who made me
How he must have loved you.
Armand suddenly grips Louis close to him.
Louis, I need you more than he ever
did. I need a link with this
century. The world changes. We do
not. Therein lies the irony that
ultimately kills us. I need you to
make contact with this age.
Louis laughs bitterly.
He? Don't you see? I'm not the
spirit of any age! I'm at odds with
everything and always have been!
I'm not even sure what I am!
But Louis, that is the very spirit
of your age. The heart of it. You
fall from grace has been the fall
of a century.
Louis is stunned.
And the vampires of the Theatre?
Like moths around the candle of the
age. Decadent, useless. They can't
reflect anything. But you do. You
reflect its broken heart.
Louis is speechless.
Are these not the answers you came
Yes... My God...
A vampire with a human soul. An
immortal with a mortal's passion.
You are beautiful, my friend.
Lestat must have wept when he made
Lestat! You knew Lestat!
Yes I knew him. Knew him well
enough not to mourn his passing.
Armand stands. He takes Louis by the arm, leads him
towards the back wall.
But you must go now. You must get
her safely out of Paris.
He opens a hidden door in the wall.
No-one else knows of this door.
When you knock you will find me
EXT. THEATRE DES VAMPIRES - NIGHT
Louis, in the street outside, as the door closes behind
I felt a kind of peace at last. I
had found the teacher which Lestat
could never, I knew now, have been.
I knew knowledge would never be
withheld by Armand. It would pass
through him as through a pane of
glass. And I knew Claudia must