In the last weeks, I posted about the new Irma Vep TV show and the movie from 1996.
But Irma Vep actually first appeared in a movie serial in ….1915! Yes……1915!
Yes, that means black and white + no sound…just some added music.
I’m certainly a total beginner when it comes to movies THAT old but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this movie serial may include the first unmasking of a woman in a movie!
After all, this was just about 20 years after the first movie was made and they didn’t make that many movies back then in the early days of cinema.
So, this scene needs to be on this blog!
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Here is the video:
I didn’t upload this on Youtube as the Youtube police might have some issues with it. After all her costume is very stretchy and you can see through it sometimes.
It’s not hard to see that she isn’t wearing a bra underneath it so her nipples show in some shots. That’s why I slightly censored the pictures of her as well. I don’t know exactly how far I can go on this blog.
But don’t worry, the video isn’t censored 😉
Back then there was a big discussion about her costume as the movie serial was released, remember it was 1915 and that costume did move a lot of eyebrows (and other parts) back then.
Even today this costume would be troublesome (for some), especially in color and HD 😉
I think the mask combo is interesting with a cowl that is attached to the suit and an additional fabric that covers the face.
The mask of the new TV show is similar but there only the lower part of her face is covered by an additional piece of fabric.
With this mask, Irma is rather easy to unmask, as one quick pull is enough to expose her face (except the cowl part).
I like how he is immediately going for her mask to see the face of the masked thief he just caught. I don’t get why she didn’t resist him as he reaches for her mask, that’s a little minus point for me.
However, it is such a great fantasy to catch such a masked thief…. I wouldn’t mind being in his skin 😉
I guess I need a mansion and some valuables to attract thieves like her 😆
I added the scene with her replacement to the video as it is never wrong to have another masked woman in it, especially as the “masking” is in the video. (is that even a word?)
All in all a very interesting scene, even though it is in black and white and there is no sound (except music).
Here is the IMDB page for the movie serial:
What do you think of these scenes and her costume?
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If you re-arrange the letters from her name “Irma Vep” …you have “Vampire” (no coincidence) 😉