Histoires extraordinaires (Spirits of the Dead)
Histoires extraordinaires (Spirits of the Dead) (1969)

Adaptations of three short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. Metzengerstein, directed by Roger Vadim, features Jane Fonda as a woman who believes that a horse possesses the spirit of her dead cousin; "William Wilson," directed by Louis… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 4, 1999
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Only Fellini (Toby Dammit) really manages to make much of his source.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Definitely worth a look for fans of the involved directors, though such fans probably already own it.

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Empire Magazine

Intriguing and mostly successful.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[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.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Three devout libertines have a go at Poe, fear and trembling invade their debauchery voluptuously

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

If the other two stories had also been done by Fellini, the whole offering might have been much better.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

It offers pleasures above and beyond its status as a relic of a groovier and exponentially more swinging era.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

None of the three European director's stories catches the macabre flavor of Poe.

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Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
This movie features three stories directed by three great foreign directors, and the cast features some of the best foreign actors at the time too. I really… More
Pierluigi Puccini
european filmmakers paid homage to the great Edgar Allan Poe. Fellini's Toby Dammit, with a great performance by a deranged Terence Stamp, is the best of… More
Stefanie C
Poe's macabre tales are re-envisioned by three auteurs: Vadim, Malle, and Fellini. Vadim's 'Metzemgerstein' is reinterpreted in the form of… More
Doctor Strangeblog
3 Edgar Allen Poe tales, I haven't read any of them: Roger Vadim's entry which he also scripted seems like it was sourced from a twelve-page… More
Adam Mahler
the 3rd segment by Fellini, "Toby Dammit", is amazingly kinetic, and Malle's has some disturbing touches