Wealthy landowner Mr. De Peyhorrade uncovers a bronze statue of Venus on his property. Afterwards, De Peyhorrade asks an antique expert, named Matthew, from another village to examine the statue and confirm its wealth. Upon arrival, Matthew is striken with love by Clara, Mr. De Peyhorrade's daughter-in-law, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the statue. Written by
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The film was made as part of a series of movies commissioned by the Italian TV station RaiDue and focusing on the fantastic in 19th century literature. The texts were selected by the Italian author Italo Calvino. Mario Bava and his son Lamberto then chose Merimée's story from this selection, since it seemed to them the one most suited to film adaptation. See more
Version of La Vénus d'Ille