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Spirits of the Dead

4.5 out of 5 stars 110 ratings

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Spirits of the Dead (a.k.a. "Histoires Extraordinaires") is an eerie film based on the grotesque and macabre stories of 19th century author Edgar Allan Poe. Three separate tales, each created with style and flair by three top directors--Federico Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim.

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An irresistible and guilty pleasure, this anthology based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe is a rare opportunity to see three of the biggest names in 1960s European film direction working in the short form. The results are uneven, but so what? They're also plain outrageous. Roger Vadim's Metzengerstein stars real-life siblings Jane and Peter Fonda perversely cast as lovers. When the latter dies, Jane's character turns to a mysterious black stallion for companionship, the suggestion being that the dead man's spirit is within the horse. Both corny and vaguely lurid, this ghost tale is Vadim all the way. Louis Malle's William Wilson is an in-your-face take on Poe's classic doppelgänger fable, starring Alain Delon as a blackguard who gets his comeuppance from a nicer variation of himself. More craftsman-like than cinematically bold, the film displays the kind of crisp wit Malle didn't display often enough. Finally, Federico Fellini's Toby Dammit proves to be the most interesting piece in the trio, featuring Terence Stamp in a terrific performance as an actor at the end of his rope (the equivalent of Mastroianni's burned-out director in Fellini's ), who has come to Rome to star as Christ in a New Testament Western. Dense with Fellini's dreamy textures and iconic clutter, Toby Dammit is a fun experience. --Tom Keogh


Product details

  • Aspect Ratio : 1.75:1
  • MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.38 x 0.6 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Director : Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim
  • Media Format : Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Run time : 2 hours and 1 minute
  • Release date : May 20, 1998
  • Actors : Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp, James Robertson Justice
  • Dubbed: : English
  • Subtitles: : English
  • Language : English (PCM Mono), French (PCM Mono)
  • Studio : IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • ASIN : 6305079250
  • Writers : Bernardino Zapponi, Clement Biddle Wood, Daniel Boulanger, Edgar Allan Poe, Federico Fellini
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110 ratings

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Elleppi
4.0 out of 5 stars Fellini's episode and its stunning hd transfer makes this blu ray definitely worth buying
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Trevor Willsmer
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of mystery and imagination
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
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LeBrit
5.0 out of 5 stars Fellini, Malle and Vadim entertain
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R H Warwick
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghost stories, in some more ways than just the stories
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