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Spirits of the Dead (1968)

Histoires extraordinaires (original title)
Anthology film from three European directors based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe: a cruel princess haunted by a ghostly horse, a sadistic young man haunted by his double, and a alcoholic actor haunted by the Devil.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Giuseppina (segment "William Wilson")
... William Wilson (segment "William Wilson")
... Contessa Frederique de Metzengerstein (segment "Metzengerstein")
... Toby Dammit (segment "Toby Dammit")
... Countess' Advisor (segment "Metzengerstein")
... Priest (segment "Toby Dammit")
Françoise Prévost ... Friend of Countess (segment "Metzengerstein") (as Francoise Prevost)
... Baron Wilhelm Berlifitzing (segment "Metzengerstein")
Marlène Alexandre ... (segment "Metzengerstein")
David Bresson
... Young girl on the dissection table (segment "William Wilson") (as Katia Christina)
Peter Dane
... Le licier (segment "Metzengerstein")
... Philippe (segment "Metzengerstein")
... 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Release Date:

23 July 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spirits of the Dead  »

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Only film to feature siblings Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda. They play cousins. See more »

Goofs

During the final card game between Wilson (Alain Delon) and Giuseppina (Brigitte Bardot), Wilson deals himself two cards in a row during the final hand. He should have dealt Giuseppina a fifth card first before taking his. See more »

Quotes

Contessa Frederique de Metzengerstein (segment "Metzengerstein"): Hughes! Are the horses ready?
Hugues (segment "Metzengerstein"): Whenever you wish, Madam.
Contessa Frederique de Metzengerstein (segment "Metzengerstein"): Right away!
Hugues (segment "Metzengerstein"): Your guests are still in bed, Milady.
Contessa Frederique de Metzengerstein (segment "Metzengerstein"): I slept badly last night! Wake them! I need fresh air! I want to ride, to forget this dream I had.
Hugues (segment "Metzengerstein"): Are you sure it was a dream? Sometimes you need me to tell you what you did was real.
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Version of The Student of Prague (1913) See more »

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Ruby
Sung by Ray Charles
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Music by Heinz Roemheld
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Terence Dammit Stamp
29 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Three Edgar Alan Poe stories, three directors, a genius director, a great director and a director. The top international stars of their day: Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Terence Stamp, Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot. The Roger Vadim episode with the two Fondas is quite terrible, Jane with her left over costumes from Barbarella, is always watchable but what a mess. Delon and Bardot are fun to watch but the piece looks more a rehash of one of the weakest Hammer horror flicks than a film signed by the great Louis Malle. However, I wouldn't mind sitting through those turkeys once again for the sheer pleasure of the third segment: Fellini's "Toby Dammit" with a superlative Terence Stamp. Unique, unnerving, jaw dropping, funny, delightful gem of a film.


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