Histoires extraordinaires

Histoires extraordinaires

DVD - 2001 | French
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Metzengerstein is the tale of a young woman who believes the spirit of the cousin she loved, killed in a stable fire she started, is in a horse that escaped. William Wilson is the story of a mean-spirited Austrian officer who kills his doppelgänger in a duel. Toby Dammit is about a film star who takes off on a drunken spree after his film is completed.

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Froster Jun 03, 2014

This anthology ranges from the truly terrible (Vadim) to the merely mediocre (Malle) to the tedious but tolerable (Fellini). Much has been made of how the last is a “lost” masterwork, but one must have a high opinion of Fellini to begin with to actually celebrate the find. (Although there is some spectacular art direction, it do go on and on. And on). Vadim’s reputation diminishes with every passing moment, and to have captivated three of the screen’s reigning goddesses in quick succession, he must have had SOME BIG TALENT. (Unfortunately, it was not for making films). One of those goddesses, Bardot, actually shows up in the Louis Malle segment, although her terrible coif makes you fear for her life (It looks like she got her head deeply stuck in a beehive). Fonda, on the other hand, is totally committed to the absurd proceedings. It is just another example of her terrible decisions captured for eternity by the camera. If you blink, however, you’ll miss Malle’s sly tribute to the masterpiece “Zero par Conduite”. It is the only witty thing to be found in these truly lugubrious footnotes to these film makers careers.

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