Spirits of the Dead ()

Histoires extraordinaires (original title)
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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 an alcoholic actor haunted by the Devil.


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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")
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")
Serge Marquand ...
Hugues (segment "Metzengerstein")
Umberto D'Orsi ...
Hans (segment "William Wilson")
Renzo Palmer ...
Priest (segment "William Wilson")
Monica Pardo
Marco Stefanelli ...
Wilson as a child (segment "William Wilson")
Anne Tonietti ...
TV Commentator (segment "Toby Dammit")
University professor (segment "William Wilson")
Child / The Devil (segment "Toby Dammit")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie-Ange Aniès ...
A courtesan (segment "Metzengerstein")
Ivan Angeli ...
One of the Manetti brothers - director (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Franco Arcalli ...
Ettore Arena ...
A Rabbi at the Airport (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Aldo Barozzi ...
Man (segment 2) (uncredited)
Dennis Berry ...
A Courtier (segment Metzengerstein") (uncredited)
Jackie Blanchot ...
A Courtier (segment Metzengerstein") (uncredited)
Party Guest (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Brigitte ...
Tall Girl with the Old Actor (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Ernesto Colli ...
One of the Manetti brothers - director (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Paul Cooper ...
2nd Interviewer (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Black Man at Airport (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Audoin de Bardot ...
Page (segment "Metzengerstein") (uncredited)
Alberigo Donadeo ...
Rabbi at Airport (Segment 2) (uncredited)
Raniero Dorascenzi ...
Man Watching Card Game (segment 2) (uncredited)
A Courtesan (segment "Metzengerstein") (uncredited)
Andrea Esterhazy ...
Officer in the Gaming Table (segment "William Wilson") (uncredited)
Andrea Fantasia ...
Party Producer (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Nella Gambini ...
Elizabeth (uncredited)
Paolo Giusti ...
William Wilson and his double (segment "William Wilson") (uncredited)
Gara Granda ...
Girl (uncredited)
Schoolmaster in Yard (segment "William Wilson") (uncredited)
Gabriel Lagay ...
Emcee (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Gypsy Fortne Teller (Segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Giuseppe Marrocco ...
Butler (segment 2) (uncredited)
One Beatle (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Antonia Pietrosi ...
Actress (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Mimmo Poli ...
Taxi Driver / Party Guest (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Old Actor (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Alfredo Rizzo ...
Angry Man in Car (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Récitant (uncredited) (voice)
Fides Stagni ...
Himself - Pittrice Stagni (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Giovanni Tarallo ...
Photographer at the Airport (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Maria Tedeschi ...
Woman (segment 2) (uncredited)
Marilù Traversi (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
A Courtier (segment "Metzengerstein") (uncredited)
TV interviewer (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Aleardo Ward ...
1st Interviewer (segment "Toby Dammit") (uncredited)
Clement Biddle Wood ...
Narrator (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Federico Fellini ... (segment "Toby Dammit")
Louis Malle ... (segment "William Wilson")
Roger Vadim ... (segment "Metzengerstein")

Written by

Edgar Allan Poe ... (segment "Metzengerstein") (story "Metzengerstein")
Roger Vadim ... (segment "Metzengerstein") (adaptation) &
Pascal Cousin ... (segment "Metzengerstein") (adaptation)
Edgar Allan Poe ... (segment "William Wilson") (story "William Wilson")
Louis Malle ... (segment "William Wilson") (adaptation) &
Clement Biddle Wood ... (segment "William Wilson") (adaptation)
Daniel Boulanger ... (segments "William Wilson", "Metzengerstein") (dialogue)
Edgar Allan Poe ... (segment "Toby Dammit") (story "Ne pariez jamais votre tête avec le Diable {Never Bet the Devil Your Head}")
Federico Fellini ... (segment "Toby Dammit") (adaptation) &
Bernardino Zapponi ... (segment "Toby Dammit") (adaptation)

Produced by

Raymond Eger ... producer
Alberto Grimaldi ... (segment "Toby Dammit") producer (uncredited)

Music by

Diego Masson ... (segment "William Wilson")
Jean Prodromidès ... (segment "Metzengerstein") (as Jean Prodromides)
Nino Rota ... (segment "Toby Dammit")

Cinematography by

Tonino Delli Colli ... (segment "William Wilson") director of photography
Claude Renoir ... (segment "Metzengerstein") director of photography
Giuseppe Rotunno ... (segment "Toby Dammit")

Film Editing by

Franco Arcalli ... (segment "William Wilson")
Suzanne Baron ... (segment "William Wilson")
Ruggero Mastroianni ... (segment "Toby Dammit") (as Ruggiero Mastroianni)
Hélène Plemiannikov ... (segment "Metzengerstein") (as Helene Plemiannikov)

Editorial Department

Catherine Gabrielidis ... (segment "Metzengerstein") assistant editor
Piera Gabutti ... (segment "William Wilson") assistant editor
Claire Giniewski ... (segment "Metzengerstein") assistant editor (as Claire Gimiewski)
Vanda Olasio ... (segment "Toby Dammit") assistant editor
Enzo Ocone ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)

Production Design by

Jean André ... (segment "Metzengerstein") (as Jean Andre)
Piero Tosi ... (segment "Toby Dammit") supervising production designer
Ghislain Uhry ... (segment "William Wilson")

Art Direction by

Fabrizio Clerici ... (segment "Toby Dammit")
Carlo Leva ... (segment "William Wilson")

Production Management

André Cultet ... (segment "Metzengerstein") production manager (as Andre Cultet)
Ludmilla Goulian ... (segment "Metzengerstein") production manager
Thomas Sagone ... (segments "William Wilson", "Toby Dammit") production manager (as Tomaso Sagone)
Enzo Provenzale ... (segment "Toby Dammit") general manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Vana Caruso ... (segment "William Wilson") assistant director
Michel Clément ... (segment "Metzengerstein") assistant director (as Michel Clement)
Jean-Michel Lacor ... (segment "Metzengerstein") assistant director
Eschilo Tarquini ... (segment "Toby Dammit") assistant director
Serge Vallin ... (segment "Metzengerstein") assistant director
Francesco Aluigi ... (segment "Toby Dammit") assistant director (uncredited)
Liliane Betti ... (segment "Toby Dammit") assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Jean Forestier ... (segment "Metzengerstein") assistant art director

Visual Effects by

Joseph Nathanson ... (segment "Toby Dammit") optical effects (as Joseph Natanson)

Camera and Electrical Department

Sergio Bergamini ... (segment "William Wilson") camera operator
Philippe Brun ... (segment "Metzengerstein") camera operator
Alain Douarinou ... (segment "Metzengerstein") camera operator
Wladimir Ivanov ... (segment "Metzengerstein") camera operator
Giuseppe Maccari ... (segment "Toby Dammit") camera operator
Bernard Noisette ... (segment "Metzengerstein") camera operator
Piero Servo ... (segment "Toby Dammit") first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Jacques Fonteray ... (segment ": "Metzengerstein") costume designer
Piero Tosi ... (segment ": "Toby Dammit") costume designer
Ghislain Uhry ... (segment ": "William Wilson") costume designer
Carlo Leva ... (segment ": "William Wilson") costume designer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Suzanne Durrenberger ... (segment "Metzengerstein") script girl
Norma Giacchero ... (segment "Toby Dammit") script girl
Shaila Rubin ... (segment "William Wilson") script girl (as Sheila Rubin)

Other crew

Oreste Lionello ... (segment "Toby Dammit") voice dubbing: Federico Boido (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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. Written by alfiehitchie

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Also Known As
  • Tre passi nel delirio (Italy)
  • Spirits of the Dead (United States)
  • William Wilson (World-wide, English title)
  • Toby Dammit (World-wide, English title)
  • Metzengerstein (World-wide, English title)
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  • 121 min
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Trivia Only film to feature siblings Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda. They play cousins. See more »
Goofs When Countess Frederique ("Metzengerstein") is urging the black stallion into the sea, her ermine-trimmed cloak is suddenly gone. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002). See more »
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Quotes William Wilson: It is said, gentlemen, that the heart is the seat of the emotions, the passions. Indeed. But experience shows that it is the seat of our cares. Its only generosity lies in the suffering it gives. So, when we have cut the ribs, separated the diaphragm, and folded back what is commonly called the rib cage, we can deliver the patient form the source of her woes. The doctor is a benefactor. We will thus bring her relief. Along with her heart...
Young girl on the dissection table (segment "William Wilson"): No!
William Wilson: We'll remove despair and the pain of love. Gentlemen, we shall restore her her pristine purity, the peace of paradise lost.
Young girl on the dissection table (segment "William Wilson"): No!
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