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The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 25 June 2009 (Germany)
A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Vizakna
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Ferenc Nadasdy
Maria Simon ...
Katrin Pollitt ...
Marlis Eulitz ...
Count Krajevo
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A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

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She sacrificed all for love... and sacrificed others for beauty


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Bathory  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Julie Delpy revealed in a 2014 interview with entertainment reporter Darby Maloney that the film was a huge success in France, so successful that she is practically guaranteed financial backing from French financiers for any project she wants to pursue in the future. See more »


(at around 1h 15mins) The fifth book on the bookshelf is the "Dictionnaire De Boyer". Abel Boyer was born in 1664 and did write a French-English dictionary. Countess Báthory died in 1614. See more »


Erzebet Bathory: It would be improper for me to marry you. You're a Count by marriage, whereas nobility has been in my family for centuries.
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Ritornello Terzo
Written by Biagio Marini
© & ® Raumklang 2004
Courtesy of Raumklang and Bayerischer Rundfunk - Studio Franken
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Sympathy for the Devil Countess
10 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

This movie rocks because it manages to be both a lavish, complex period movie and a psychological horror movie at the same time. Julie Delpy does a fantastic job in the role of a complex woman from a brutal period in European history, and her performance somehow gracefully manages to be both sympathetic and monstrous. Bathory is one of history's most prolific and sadistic mass murderers, but historians are ultimately unsure of who she really was, and to what extent she was responsible for the atrocities for which she is credited. Most agree that the whole "beauty treatment bloodbath" thing is a myth made up by later generations to spice up the story, so I was surprised that a telling supposedly rooted in fact ended up going that route, but I loved the idea of a Bathory who is a real person and not just a 2-dimensional fiend. Great sets, costumes, and performances from a well-written script make The Countess an engaging and informative portrait of a woman whose vanity and blood lust have become the stuff of legend.

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