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With: Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda
Written by: Roger Vadim, Pascal Cousin, Louis Malle, Clement Biddle Wood, Daniel Boulanger, Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi, based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe
Directed by: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim
MPAA Rating: R
Language: French, Italian, English with English subtitles
Running Time: 121
Date: 05/17/1968

Spirits of the Dead (1968)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

At the height of his fame, Federico Fellini contributed a short to the three-part compilation film Spirits of the Dead (1968, Home Vision, $29.95), based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe. But since it's a French production (the other two segments are by Louis Malle and Roger Vadim), Fellini directed his segment in French. Terence Stamp stars as Toby Dammit, a movie star who learns the hard way about the evils of success. It's pretty arty and not particularly scary, but horror fans will probably want to check it out anyway. Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon star in the other segments. Vincent Price apparently narrated an English-dubbed version.

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