When three masters (Vadim, Malle & Fellini) teamed up to reinvent a "trilogy of terror" in the horror genre, you get some pure artistry along with some big stars (Fonda, Delon, Stamp). However, I've felt that there was something missing in because it was suppose to be quite entertaining but it got a little bit dull at some times. (2.5 out of 5)
From the golden age of anthology films, a triptych that revives Poe for the modish 60s and has the good taste to tell the stories in order of ascending director talent. Vadim's is okay mild Euro-kink. Malle delivers solid work with a mesmeric doppelganger tale. Fellini's 40 minutes are one of his best kept secrets, a fantasia of half-past-dead celebrity that's enough to make you wish he ever made a real spook story.
Anthology movie that tell three Edgar Allan Poe movies that are directed by three legendary directors. It is a gorgeously shot film but the Frederico Fellini segment has the most bizarre characters and is the most visual of the three. But I like them all actually as none of the stories go shy with the subject they tell and all feel very true to the Poe stories. One of the better anthology movies that I know of.
The first two films are better than their reputations suggest; they just can't compete with Fellini's frenzied phantasmagorical Toby Dammit. An absolute tour de force of technical filmmaking anchored by a performance from Stamp that seems straight out of the silent cinema. Decadence, both thematic & stylistic, assault the senses as the character's burnt-out fatalism collides with a vision of supernatural retribution.
visto due anni fa, e a distanza di due anni, ricordo perfettamente i feels dati da federico fellini nel terzo capitolo di spirits of the dead. B.B con Delon una dea. Il primo di Vadim è quello che mi ha colpito meno come storia, ma visivamente quel gotico alla francese ci sta tutto.
2-3. Since so much has already been said about Toby Dammit, I'll instead say that, at least on paper, I think the Vadim short had more intrigue than William Wilson. As far as being visually scary, I don't think the Vadim or Malle shorts work as well as Toby Dammit, but the Vadim short is a much better demonstration of Poe's command over metaphor, while Wilson inverts the evil doppelganger idea and little else.
Fellini's segment is such a visual feast, that the other two suffer from just being included in the same company. Seriously, it's the most colorful, atmospheric and powerful short films I've ever seen, and Stamp is perfectly creepy and sad in the title role. Malle's segment benefits from Delon's performance, and the story is quite good as well. Sadly, Vadim's is a throwaway. Tries to be decadent, but ends up dull.