Olivia and I were able to watch Daughters of Darkness a few nights ago. It is a beautiful and subtle film that re-watching brings more enjoyment and understanding. I grabbed some screen captures to show some of the beautiful imagery from the film.
The Daughters of Darkness begins on a train; aristocratic Stefan ( ) and Valerie ( ), are newlyweds, on their way to England to introduce the naive and childlike bride to his Stefan's mother.
|They get off the train in the Belgian resort city of Ostend, which is practically deserted for the winter.|
In the beginning of Daughters of Darkness, Kümel splashes the screen with bold colors that eventually fade and turn muddy.
The Countess Elizabeth Bathory ( ) and her companion, Ilona ( ) arrive at the hotel.The countess immediately becomes enchanted with the newly weds, much to Ilona's jealousy. She tries to argue with Elizabeth, but the countess quickly calms her. This scene begins with bright colors such as the countess's purple gown,and Ilona's bright red scarf but fades to red, a recurring trick used through out the film.
|The scene ominously fades to red|
|The corpse's transfer is filmed from the perspective of the corpse|
|Stefan's brutality is repaid in kind by Valerie and the Countess|
|The Countess claims victory|
|Every ending is some other endings beginning.|