Blood and Roses (French: ...Et mourir de plaisir (Le sang et la rose)) is a 1960 vampire film directed by Roger Vadim loosely based upon the novella Carmilla (1872) by Irish writer Joseph Sheridan le Fanu. The locale was shifted from 19th century Styria to 20th century Italy. Set in the modern day at a European estate, Carmilla is torn emotionally by the engagement of her friend Georgia to her cousin Leopoldo. It is hard to tell for whom she has the strongest unrequited emotions. During the masquerade ball celebrating the upcoming marriage, a fireworks display accidentally explodes some munitions lost at the site in WWII, disturbing an ancestral catacomb. Carmilla wearing the dress of her legendary vampire ancestor wanders into the ruins, where the tomb of the ancestor opens slowly.