"Spirits of the Dead"
Directed by Roger Vadim/Louis Malle/Federico Fellini
Jane and Peter Fonda, Alain Delon,
Brigitte Bardot and Terence Stamp are
among the stars cast in this adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe tales.
The three episodes are Metzerngerstein, directed by Roger Vadim;
William Wilson, directed by Louis Malle; and
Fellini's brilliant Toby Dammit.
In the first, the Fonda siblings are involved in a macabre tale built
around incestuous desire. The middle work concerns a sadistic fiend (Delon)
who, among other things, whips the then-wildly famous Bardot. Finally,
Stamp plays a movie star who loses his head and makes a bet with the
devil, whom Fellini portrays, in a brilliant master stroke, as a beautiful
little girl in a white dress. French with English subtitles.