Immediately after completing Les Vampires, Feuillade threw himself into his next feature, another original serial called Judex. The slow move toward domestic melodrama that crept into the end of Les Vampires was front and center in Judex.
Musidora wears this maillot de soie sporadically, a few minutes spread throughout the serial’s nearly seven hours, yet that is – not undeservedly – the indelible iconic image not just of Les Vampires, but of Louis Feuillade’s entire filmography.
In the early days of serials and silent film, two actresses emerged who represented two sides of the publicity coin. Pearl White was the queen of the stunt serials, a wholesome midwestern heroine. Theda Bara, in contrast, was dark and mysterious and loved nothing more than destroying men.