Harry Kümel

Harry Kümel (born 27 January 1940) is a Belgian film director.[1]

Harry Kümel
Born (1940-01-27) 27 January 1940
OccupationFilm, opera and stage director, screenwriter, producer, teacher of film direction, analysis, screenwriting and editing

His 1971 vampire feature Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges; Fr, "The Red Lips"), starring Delphine Seyrig became a cult hit in Europe and the United States. He also directed the film version of Malpertuis (1971), featuring Orson Welles and adapted from the 1943 novel by Jean Ray.

He also directed Monsieur Hawarden[2] (1969) about the cross-dressing Meriora Gillibrand whose two male lovers fought a duel in Vienna. She then killed the survivor and fled to Belgium dressed as a man. She took the name Hawarden from a family related to hers in Lancashire. The film is a fictionalised account; her grave can still be seen near Malmedy in the German-speaking part of Belgium.

He made a cameo appearance in several fiction novels, among others:

Nicholas Royle's novel Antwerp.[3]

Hubert Lampo's magic-realistic novel The Scent of Sandalwood.

From 1969 until the present, teacher of cinema at various film institutes, among many: The Dutch Film and Television Academy - Amsterdam (NFTA), Institut des Arts de Diffusion - Brussels (IAD), Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound - Brussels (RITS), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)...



  1. "Harry Kümel". The New York Times.
  2. "Monsieur Hawarden". Eenlevenlangtheater. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  3. Antwerp, The Complete Review, retrieved 18 January 2011
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