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 medieval 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.
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Did You Know?
In Federico Fellini
's segment, Terence Stamp
plays an actor arriving in Rome to do a film, and as they leave the airport to go into the city he suddenly sits up and asks where his Ferrari is; he was promised a Ferrari. This is a humorous reference to a behind the scenes situation on the film The Witches
(1967) from the year before, when Clint Eastwood
was enticed to play a small role in exchange for a Ferrari. See more
When young William Wilson splatters his fellow schoolmate with a tomato in class, the red stain on his victims face changes drastically from less to more after several moments. See more
Is that Wilson?
Giuseppina (segment "William Wilson")
Be careful, Tonina. This Wilson is surely not the lover you dream of. He's made his reputation from men. He loves parades, the theater, dressing up. He needs an audience. But in private, he puts on a poor show.
The whipping of Giuseppina was cut in the original 1973 UK cinema release (titled "Tales of Mystery"), and subsequent releases were also edited. The 15-rated 1986 video (as "Powers of Evil") completely missed the entire 'William Wilson' story, and the 18-rated 1990 French Collection VHS (titled "Histoires Extraordinaires: Tales of Mystery and Imagination") received over a minute of cuts to the whipping scene and shots of Wilson caressing a girl with a scalpel. The Arrow blu-ray release (titled "Spirits of the Dead") is the full uncut version. See more
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Sung by Ray Charles
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Music by Heinz Roemheld See more