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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.


Julie Delpy


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


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


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


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Did You Know?


Julie Delpy revealed in a 2014 interview with entertainment reporter Darby Maloney that the film was a huge success in France, so successful that she is practically guaranteed financial backing from French financiers for any project she wants to pursue in the future. See more »


(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 »


[after being locked up in an isolated room by his father]
Istvan Thurzo: [bitterly] You have no rights to keep me in this room.
Gyorgy Thurzo: You disobeyed me and met with her again.
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True Story? Not at all.
5 May 2010 | by rchallonerSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the film yet, I was thinking of seeing it this week, but given some of the things I've read in the reviews, I may not bother. The story recounted in the film is NOT a true story at all. Countess Elizabeth Bathory existed and she was indeed charged with a number of supposed murders, but the charges were never properly proved. In fact no evidence was properly presented - her 'trial' was a politically motivated set-up. She was an extremely rich and powerful woman living at a time when in most societies, but especially Eastern European ones, wealthy and powerful women were hugely resented by their male counterparts.

Once she was widowed Countess Bathory chose not to remarry as she did not want another man to take control of her lands. She wanted to rule her estates herself - and she was a very capable ruler. Unfortunately powerful men in Hungary (and the Austro-Hungarian Empire) were greedy for her lands. They could not dispossess her legally, so they hatched a plot to have her charged with terrible crimes. Her servants were tortured and forced to accuse her, however, no credible evidence was ever presented. It was enough however, for her lands to be confiscated.

As for punishment, she was NOT bricked up in a room and fed through a hole in the wall. That is fantasy. She was confined to a few rooms in one of her castles, a kind of house arrest. Sadly films like this perpetuate the myth and falsehoods about a woman who, although tough and sometimes hard on her servants, was never guilty of the horrendous crimes of which she has been accused. I am so sick and tired of seeing history re-written and fabricated that I probably won't go and see it now - and I would warn anyone who thinks they are going to see something 'historical' that it just isn't.

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Release Date:

25 June 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bathory See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »


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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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