Histoires extraordinaires (1968)

France, Italy, 1968
121m
35mm film, colour, 1.75:1
mono

A French/Italian anthology horror film directed by Roger Vadim, Louis Valle and Federico Fellini.

Plot Summary

Metzengerstein: Countess Frederica tries to stave off the tedium of her everyday life in a cycle of orgies and sadistic excess. She moves to a castle near the land owned by her poor cousin Baron Wilhelm who she falls in love with. But when he dies trying to save his stallion from a stable fire, Federica becomes increasingly obsessed with him. William Wilson: Austrian army officer William Wilson confesses to a priest the many cruelties he has committed and discusses his mysterious double. Toby Dammit: alcoholic English actor Toby Dammit arrives to Rome to shoot a Catholic Western but is only interested in the Ferrari that his producers have promised him.

Credits

Crew
[Directed] By: Roger Vadim [Metzengerstein]; Louis Malle [William Wilson]; Federico Fellini [Toby Dammit]
© Les Films Marceau, Paris – P.E.A. Rome
Cocinor presents a Les Films Marceau-Cocinor Paris, Produzioni Europee Associate Rome co-production
In Charge of Production: Raymond Eger
Screenplay by: Roger Vadim, Pascal Cousin and Clement Biddlewood [Metzengerstein]; Louis Malle and Clement Biddlewood [William Wilson]
[Based on Stories] By: Edgar Allan Poe; [Toby Dammit] Liberally adapted from Edgar A. Poe’s ‘Don’t Wager Your Head to the Devil
Directors of Photography: Claude Renoir [Metzengerstein]; Tonino Delli Colli [William Wilson]; Giuseppe Rotunno [Toby Dammit]
Editor: Helene Plemiannikov [Metzengerstein]; Franco Arcalli [William Wilson]; Ruggiero Mastroianni [Toby Dammit]
Music by: Jean Prodromides [Metzengerstein]; Diego Masson [William Wilson]; Nino Rota [Toby Dammit]
Costume Designer: Ghislain Uhry [William Wilson]; [Toby Dammit]
Wardrobe: Jacques Fonteray [Metzengerstein]
Special Effects: Joseph Nathanson [Toby Dammit]
Art Directors: Carlo Leva [William Wilson]; Fabrizio Clerici [Toby Dammit]

Cast
Brigitte Bardot (Giuseppina)
Alain Delon (William Wilson)
Jane Fonda (Contessa Frederique de Metzengerstein)
Terence Stamp (Toby Dammit)
James Robertson Justice (countess’ advisor)
Salvo Randone (priest)
Françoise Prevost (friend of the countess)
Peter Fonda (Baron Wilhelm Berlifitzing)
Marlene Alexandre
Marie-Ange Anies
David Bresson
Katia Christina (woman on dissection table)
Peter Dane
Georges Douking (the weaver)
Philippe Lemaire (Philippe)
Carla Marlier (Claude)
Serge Marquand (Hugues)
Umberto d’Orsi (Hans)
Renzo Palmer (priest)
Monica Pardo

Alternative Titles

3 askelta yöhön – Finland
3 steg i natten – Finland (Swedish)
Außergewöhnliche Geschichten – Germany
Fantastische Verhalen – Belgium (Flemish)
Histoires extraordinaires – Canada (French)
Historias extraordinarias – Argentina, Spain
Histórias Extraordinárias – Brazil, Portugal
Historie niesamowite – Poland
Histories Extraordinaires – Belgium (France)
Istories mystiriou – Greece (DVD)
Különleges történetek – Hungary
Paraxenes istories – Greece (video)
Povesti extraordinare – Romania
Powers of Evil – UK (video)
Sagor från de döda – Sweden (DVD)
Sami nabiji bodvisaken – Georgia
Seytanin kurbanlari – Turkey
Spirits of the Dead – UK, USA
Ston ilingo tis akolasias – Greece
Tales of Mystery – UK
Tales of Mystery and Imagination – UK
Toby Dammit – English language title
Tre passi nel delirio – Italy
Trois histoires extraordinaires d’Edgar Poe
Trzy kroki w szalenstwo – Poland
Yo nimo kaiki na monogatari – Japan

References

Books

  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig pp.346-347
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.180-181 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.189-190
  • Double Feature by Terence Stamp pp.294-323
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.179-81, 222
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.276, 278; 324
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.432
  • French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier p.36
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis pp.367-368
  • Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957-1969 by Roberto Curti pp.183-192
  • Italian Horror Films of the 1960s by Lawrence McCallum pp.194-198 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Merchant of Menace: The Life and Films of Vincent Price by Denis Meikle p.269
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.457 – credits
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck p.229
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.370-371
  • World Filmography 1968 by Peter Cowie (ed.) p.134