David Rühm’s comedy, “Therapy for a Vampire” (Der Vampir auf der Couch) is a half-decent goof set in 1930 Vienna, where a centuries-old vampire, Count Graf Geza von Közsnöm, consults with Sigmund Freud to rekindle a 500-year marriage. Think Monty Python as a progenitor, but pale as parchment: Rühm’s sensibility runs light and dark and bloody and spry to boot. Puns geyser, too, and there are pile-ons of wordplay that sound even better in the original German: “I want you the way you were before I wanted you to be the way I wanted.” The emulation of Vienna past is a sweet grace note. With Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan, Dominic Oley, David Bennent. 87m. (Ray Pride)
“Therapy For A Vampire” opens Friday, July 22 at Siskel.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.