Topic: Spirits Of The Dead
SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (Histoires extraordinaires)
Released: on Blu ray: October 11 2010
Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, Terence Stamp
Directed by: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim
Duration: 121 mins
Overview: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim adapt works by macabre author Edgar Allan Poe in the anthology film Spirits of the Dead [Histoires extraordinaires]. Dealing with tormented characters experiencing a personal hell, filled with angst and delirium, Spirits of the Dead was a ground-breaking departure for the adaption of Poe in cinema.
Vadim directs Jane Fonda as Countess Metzengerstein, a debauched heiress leading a life Caligula would commend. The Countess becomes tormented by the denial of her incestuous desire for her cousin Baron Berlifitzing (fittingly played by her brother Peter Fonda). Malle directs Alain Delon as William Wilson, an Austrian Solider who is haunted by his doppelgÃ¤nger, tormenting him at times in his life where he is at his most cruel and sadistic. Felliniâ€™s famed segment sees Terence Stamp as a Toby Dammit, an actor arriving in Rome to meet the producers of his new film, the first Catholic Western. Drugged and drunk, Dammit is disturbed by the haunting image of the devil, which like Mario Bavaâ€™s Kill, Baby... Kill! and Bunuelâ€™s Simon of the Desert, is actually a young girl, ominously bouncing a ball.
Spirits of the Dead is presented in a brand new transfer from a new High Definition restoration of the origin