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The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 25 June 2009 (Germany)
A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Director:

Julie Delpy

Writer:

Julie Delpy
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Delpy ... Erzebet Bathory
Daniel Brühl ... Istvan Thurzo
William Hurt ... Gyorgy Thurzo
Anamaria Marinca ... Darvulia
Sebastian Blomberg ... Dominic Vizakna
Adriana Altaras Adriana Altaras ... Aunt Klara
Charly Hübner ... Ferenc Nadasdy
Andy Gatjen ... Miklos
Maria Simon ... Helena
Frederick Lau ... Janos
Katrin Pollitt Katrin Pollitt ... Dorothea
Anna Maria Mühe ... Bertha
Marlis Eulitz Marlis Eulitz ... Zusanna
Rolf Kanies ... Count Krajevo
Christine Mayer Christine Mayer ... Kaija
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A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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She sacrificed all for love... and sacrificed others for beauty


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Trivia

Ethan Hawke was originally part of the cast. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 15mins) The fifth book on the bookshelf is the "Dictionnaire De Boyer". Abel Boyer was born in 1664 and did write a French-English dictionary. Countess Báthory died in 1614. See more »

Quotes

King Matthias: Every month I sign dozens of death warrants for those witches. It has become worse than the plague. When will it stop?
Chancellor: When men become wise... which will not be soon.
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Connections

Version of Lust of the Vampire (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Couranta VI
Solinger Streichquartett
Written by Isaak Pesch
From the album "Telemusik"
© & ® Peter Lamprecht
Courtesy of Solinger Streichquartett/Peter Lamprecht
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Rashomon in Transylvania
9 July 2011 | by jshoafSee all my reviews

Well, actually, in the Little Carpathians, apparently, which are not part of Transylvania, or so Wikipedia tells me.

I really enjoyed this film (at home on pay-per-view)though I think it is intended for a pretty narrow audience. As others have noted, the dialogue is amazingly stilted (very literary, rather like a French novel of the 17th or 18th century) and delivered in near-monotone. I kept feeling that the whole movie had been dubbed into English. On the other hand, I found the acting very fine, and I admired the insistence on presenting these characters as not at all like you, me, or the folks in the latest TV drama. The Countess in particular is a strange, unique portrait--her piety, her desire for amorous adventure, her pride, her intelligence. And that's before you get to the blood-of-virgins part.

The film proposes that what we are seeing before our eyes is not the truth about the Countess. We are watching a fantasy of a noblewoman enacting a tale "told by the victors"--by the men who were enriched by her downfall and relieved, too, to be rid of the very possibility of an intelligent woman. The tale is told, too, by the peasants and others whose sons are fighting in her army. Yet the man who questions the gory story is her lover, and he too may be deceived. There is no simple answer to the question, what really happened?--no resolution.

In short, it's an intellectual (and visual) treat, but it won't affect your blood sugar.


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France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bathory See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$784,522
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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