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Spirits of the Dead

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Original title
Histoires extraordinaires
Year
Running time
121 min.
Country
France France
Director
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Screenwriter
Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim, Bernardino Zapponi, Clement Biddle Wood, Daniel Boulanger, Pascal Cousin (Stories: Edgar Allan Poe)
Music
Diego Masson, Jean Prodromidès, Nino Rota
Cinematography
Tonino Delli Colli, Claude Renoir, Giuseppe Rotunno
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-Italy;
Genre
Mystery. Horror | Anthology Film
Movie Groups
Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations
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Synopsis / Plot
Histoires extraordinaires (1968) dubbed Spirits of the Dead for English and Tre Passi Nel Delirio for Italian, is an "omnibus" film comprising three segments. The French title Histoires extraordinaires (translated to English as Extraordinary Stories) is from the first collection of Poe's short stories translated by French poet Charles Baudelaire; the English title Spirits of the Dead is from an 1827 poem by Poe.

American International Pictures distributed this horror anthology film featuring three stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by European directors Roger Vadim, Louis Malle and Federico Fellini. Jane Fonda, Alain Delon, Peter Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, and Terence Stamp are among the stars. The English language version features narration by Vincent Price.

The film received a mixed critical reception, with the Fellini segment widely regarded as the best of the three. Reviewing the picture under its English language title Spirits of the Dead, Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote that "Toby Dammit, the first new Fellini to be seen here since Juliet of the Spirits in 1965, 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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