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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(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

Erzebet Bathory: Time has no respect for beauty.
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Written by Thomas Simpson
From the album "Telemusik"
© & ® Peter Lamprecht
Courtesy of Solinger Striechquartett/Peter Lamprecht
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diving into love and darkness
29 November 2009 | by Lost_in_La_ManchaSee all my reviews

from an anglo-centric and a male-centric point of view, this movie sucks, of course...

from any other point of view, The Countess is a very well orchestrated piece of story-telling.

a dark portrait of a dark age. a tale of love and madness. but did our emotions evolved so much as our techniques?

as it starts: "history is the tale told by the victors. who are the victors? barbaric warriors, mad kings and greedy traitors. mainly most of our history is made of fables fabricated by those glorious victors."

as till today, history is male's victory... here you got a female's tale... see for yourself. i can only tell: i dove into it


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