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

 -  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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Storyline

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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Edgar Allen Poe's ultimate orgy! See more »

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Release Date:

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 »

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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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6 August 2001 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Three separate stories:

  • Skip the first one. Just do it. If you really must ogle the young Jane


Fonda, get Barbarella.

  • Your call on the second one. Okay, but not memorable.




The third story makes the film. It's "Fellini-esque"! Fellini's wild imagery makes narrative sense (well, sort of), when applied to the story of an addled English actor stumbling around Rome at breakneck speed. The segment also features a startlingly original image of evil (an "Anglican devil," I think that's the Terence Stamp character's phrase). Maybe it's just me, but the segment's conception of the devil is among the spookiest things I've ever seen on film; and when you get right down to it, it makes a lot more theological sense then ugly, scaly guys with tails.


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