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Spirits of the Dead (1968)
"Histoires extraordinaires" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  23 July 1969 (USA)
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Three directors each adapt a Poe short story to the screen: "Toby Dammit" features a disheveled drugged and drunk English movie star who nods acceptance in the Italian press and his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Giuseppina (segment "William Wilson")
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William Wilson and his double (segment "William Wilson")
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Contessa Frederique de Metzengerstein (segment "Metzengerstein")
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Toby Dammit (segment "Toby Dammit")
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Countess' Advisor (segment "Metzengerstein")
Salvo Randone ...
Priest (segment "Toby Dammit")
Françoise Prévost ...
Friend of Countess (segment "Metzengerstein") (as Francoise Prevost)
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Baron Wilhelm Berlifitzing (segment "Metzengerstein")
Marlène Alexandre ...
(segment "Metzengerstein")
David Bresson
Katia Christine ...
Young girl on the dissection table (segment "William Wilson") (as Katia Christina)
Peter Dane
Georges Douking ...
Le licier (segment "Metzengerstein")
Philippe Lemaire ...
Philippe (segment "Metzengerstein")
Carla Marlier ...
Claude (segment "Metzengerstein")
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Three directors each adapt a Poe short story to the screen: "Toby Dammit" features a disheveled drugged and drunk English movie star who nods acceptance in the Italian press and his producers fawn over him. "Metzengerstein" features a Mediveal countess who has a love-hate relationship with a black stallion - who, it turns out is really her dead lover. "William Wilson" tells the story of a sadistic Austrian student with an exact double whom he later kills. Written by alfiehitchie

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23 July 1969 (USA)  »

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Spirits of the Dead  »

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1.75 : 1
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The film was originally to have been directed by Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel and Federico Fellini. See more »

Goofs

After William Wilson has jumped from the church tower and is lying dead in the plaza, he blinks as the camera moves closer. See more »

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Referenced in Feardotcom (2002) See more »

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Ruby
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Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
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Toby Dammit
10 September 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

My vote of 9 is only for Fellini's entry, Toby Dammit. The other two are below the level of the average Twilight Zone, in my opinion. But Toby is so fine that I wish it could have been expanded to feature length. Perhaps the tone of agonized despair wouldn't have held up for 90 minutes but it certainly is great for 40. Stamp is superb. His role isn't easy, he's in every scene and has to descend from a very low point to an even lower one. Terence is completely believable the entire time. I'm not a fan of Fellini but perhaps he found his metier in humanistic horror.


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