In July 1979, during the Summer holidays, in a house somewhere in Brittany, a whole family (parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and other relatives) are gathered to celebrate Granny Amandine's ... See full summary »
Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was a modern Renaissance woman who ultimately fell victim to mens aspirations for power and wealth.
After the death of his mother, Angela, a young nurse, meets Lucia, the premium has not seen for years, from when they were teenagers. Lucia is now a photographer and performs dark rituals with their lovers.
The legend of the Red Countess, like that of Dracula and so many others has yielded several theatrical and film adaptations. The challenge is to make something new with this ancient legend, and to try to be equal to the great directors who brilliantly tackled the subject. Julie Delpy likes challenges of this kind. Not only did she write the script, direct, act, and compose the music, but her adaptation can compete with what I thought was the best previous film adaptation of the legend by Walerian Borowczyk (from the collection called Immoral Tales, and with Paloma Picasso). Delpy acknowledges her debt to this director through a number of details that those familiar with Borowczyk's works can recognize. Another great reference is Coppola's Dracula, of which Delpy borrowed the lyrical and tragic tones. Of course,this can only situate Delpy's aesthetic choices, and much of her originality rests in her interpretation of the legend. Here, she blends her own speculations about the Countess's character and motivation with historical facts, to make a new and provocative statement about the legend. The best way to see this film is to compare it with the other adaptations not as much to see who spent the money the most intelligently, but what each director has to say through the same legend.
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