Studio: The Criterion Collection
May 11, 2021
Irma Vep opens in a chaotic film studio office in Paris. The frenetic camera moves from desk to desk as employees trade conversation like a baton in a relay race. One producer argues about royalties, an assistant waves a prop handgun in the air, and Hong Kong movie star Maggie Cheung, playing herself, quietly enters the mayhem.
Cheung is in Paris to star in a remake of the 1916 French silent classic Les Vampires, playing the…