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The Countess (2009)

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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Julie Delpy

Writer:

Julie Delpy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Delpy ... Erzebet Bathory
Daniel Brühl ... Istvan Thurzo
William Hurt ... Gyorgy Thurzo
Anamaria Marinca ... Darvulia
Sebastian Blomberg ... Dominic Vizakna
Adriana Altaras Adriana Altaras ... Aunt Klara
Charly Hübner Charly Hübner ... Ferenc Nadasdy
Andy Gatjen ... Miklos
Maria Simon Maria Simon ... Helena
Frederick Lau ... Janos
Katrin Pollitt Katrin Pollitt ... Dorothea
Anna Maria Mühe ... Bertha
Marlis Eulitz Marlis Eulitz ... Zusanna
Rolf Kanies ... Count Krajevo
Christine Mayer Christine Mayer ... Kaija
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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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Country:

France | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bathory See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Radha Mitchell (Anna Darvulia) and Vincent Gallo (Dominic Vizakna) were set to star. See more »

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(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 »

Quotes

[after being locked up in an isolated room by his father]
Istvan Thurzo: [bitterly] You have no rights to keep me in this room.
Gyorgy Thurzo: You disobeyed me and met with her again.
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Written by Thomas Simpson
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© & ® Peter Lamprecht
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A Disappointment
21 February 2010 | by LeaBlacks_BallsSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this. Based on the true story of 17th century Countess Bathory, who grew obsessed with retaining her youth, and decided the best way to do this was by bathing in the blood of virgins. What could have been a disturbing descent into madness turns out to be a dull by the numbers bio-pic/period piece.

Julie Delpy does an alright job in the titular role, but the departure from her usual romantic roles doesn't really work, as Delpy just seems like she's on auto-pilot throughout most of the film. The script, written by Delpy, treats the Countess as some sort of feminist pioneer, and at other times, shows her to be a monster. The movie wants to have it both ways, but in the end it it just seems really confused and tiresome.


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