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



16: Teaching By Armand, Act 1


EXT. HOTEL SAINT GABRIEL - NIGHT

Claudia and Louis enter the Lobby.

CLAUDIA
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!

LOUIS
What danger?

CLAUDIA
I can feel it from them! They want to know who made us, what became of him. They have their rules, their idiotic rules!

They come to their room, enter.

INT. HOTEL ROOMS - NIGHT

Louis closes the door behind him. Claudia paces.

LOUIS
Do you think I would let them harm you?

CLAUDIA
No, you would not, Louis. Danger hold you to me.

LOUIS
Love holds you to me. And we are in danger, not you.

CLAUDIA
Love?

She smiles at him. A strange, sad, adult smile.

CLAUDIA
You would leave me for Armand if he beckoned you.

LOUIS
Never.

CLAUDIA
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.

LOUIS
That's not so.

CLAUDIA
Do you know what his soul said to me without saying a word? When he put me in that trance...

LOUIS
So you felt it too!

CLAUDIA
Let him go, he said. Let him go.

She touches his face.

CLAUDIA
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 arms.

LOUIS
He can protect us, Claudia.

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.

ARMAND
I was waiting for you...

LOUIS
Listen to me.

He follows Armand into the room.

LOUIS
Claudia is dear to me. My... daughter.

ARMAND
Your lover.

LOUIS
No, my beloved, my child.

ARMAND
If you say so. You are innocent.

LOUIS
I'm not innocent. But I'm afraid. She feels she's in danger from the others.

ARMAND
She is.

LOUIS
But why?

ARMAND
I could give you reasons. Her silence. Her youth. It's forbidden to make so young, so helpless, that cannot survive on its own.

LOUIS
Then blame the one who made her...

ARMAND
Did you kill this vampire who made you both? Is that why you won't say his name? Santiago thinks you did.

LOUIS
We want no quarrel with him.

ARMAND
It's already begun. If you want to save her, send her away.

LOUIS
Then I leave too.

Armand smiles.

ARMAND
So soon? Without any of those answers you so longed for?

LOUIS
You said there were none.

ARMAND
But you asked the wrong questions. Do you know how few vampires have the stamina for immortality? How quickly they perish of their own will.

LOUIS
We can do that?

ARMAND
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.

LOUIS
That's what the one who made me said.

ARMAND
How he must have loved you.

Armand suddenly grips Louis close to him.

ARMAND
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.

LOUIS
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!

Armand smiles.

ARMAND
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.

LOUIS
And the vampires of the Theatre?

ARMAND
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.

ARMAND
Are these not the answers you came for?

LOUIS
(softly)
Yes... My God...

ARMAND
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 you -

LOUIS
Lestat! You knew Lestat!

ARMAND
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.

ARMAND
But you must go now. You must get her safely out of Paris.

He opens a hidden door in the wall.

ARMAND
No-one else knows of this door. When you knock you will find me waiting...

EXT. THEATRE DES VAMPIRES - NIGHT

Louis, in the street outside, as the door closes behind him.

LOUIS (V.O.)
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 leave me...




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