Histoires extraordinaires (Spirits of the Dead) (1969)
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Released in Europe as Histoires Extraordinaires and Tre Passi Nel Delirio, this is a portmanteau picture, comprised of three supernatural playlets based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. "Metzengerstein," directed by Roger Vadim, stars the director's then-wife Jane Fonda as a medieval woman prone to acts of vengeance. Her brother Peter Fonda is somewhat perversely cast as her cousin, for whom she holds incestuous yearnings. When he gives her the cold shoulder, she spitefully sets fire to his
Jul 23, 1969 Wide
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[Toby Dammit] is marvelous: a short movie but a major one. The Vadim is as overdecorated and shrill as a drag ball, but still quite fun, and the Malle, based on one of Poe's best stories, is simply tedious.
It offers pleasures above and beyond its status as a relic of a groovier and exponentially more swinging era.
Definitely worth a look for fans of the involved directors, though such fans probably already own it.
Three devout libertines have a go at Poe, fear and trembling invade their debauchery voluptuously
None of the three European director's stories catches the macabre flavor of Poe.
If the other two stories had also been done by Fellini, the whole offering might have been much better.
Episode 3, however -- this is the one people talk about when they talk about Spirits of the Dead. Federico Fellini's 'Toby Dammit' stars Terence Stamp in a piece that's a Fellini film festival in miniature.
Horrific? Not really. But interesting to watch.
See it for Fellini's hilarious "Toby Dammit" sequence. (Elsewhere Jane and Peter Fonda play lovers...)
The Fellini part is brilliant. The rest is not.
While Spirits of the Dead doesn't do much justice to Poe's source material, fans of bizarre French cinema should have a pretty good time.
As far as psychological horror goes, the films work well, and that they realize Poe's stories were mainly internalized distortions of the world works to their advantage, even as they approach the material in vastly different ways.
more of an interesting exercise in literary adaptation than a fully satisfying work of art
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