The Countess

The Countess

DVD - 2010
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At the dawn of the 17th century, Countess Bathory was the most powerful woman in Hungary. At the age of 14, she married a powerful warlord twice her age and bore him four children. While her husband was away fighting wars, Countess Bathory maintained their estate with the help of her one true confidant, a powerful witch named Anna Darvulia. But she was unwilling to accept a world in which men were able to break the rules without consequence while women were expected to be unquestionably subservient, and after her husband died, Countess Bathory fell deeply in love with a young nobleman named Istvan, whom she encountered at a lavish feast. Meanwhile, as Countess Bathory becomes obsessed with the prospect that age was a factor in the failure of the relationship, Count Thurzo begins crafting an elaborate plot against her. Eventually Countess Bathory's blinding sadness gives way to irreversible madness, and she becomes convinced that she can maintain her youth and beauty forever by bathing in the blood of virgins. Her dementia and obsession flowing like the virginal blood she bathes in every night, Countess Bathory eventually realizes that she has become the victim of a vast political conspiracy hatched by the father of her beloved. But by now it's already too late, Countess Erzebet Bathory's downfall had already been set into motion.
Publisher: France : Mongrel Media, c2010
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 COU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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mariho
Mar 05, 2017

I've always like Julie Delpy. This is no exception, the countess has a hot and cold character. Delpy seems to favor willful roles. To me, its rather scary story even thought from the start from her childhood she's cruel. She's a murderer no different then a vampire. She killed people but didn't drink the blood. There's also feminist views inserted into the movie. What if she's a man not a woman, maybe she can get away with murders? Can a woman have the same powers as man if she's upper class?

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Kagamusha
Feb 29, 2016

Sorry, but I thought that this was just a vanity film, which Ms. Delpy, like Countess Bathory, saw things that others do not see. Slow with a turgid, mishmash of acting styles & intentions and vainglorious direction, I wanted to turn it off, but for some reason, kept watching. Maybe it was my mood, or that I watched it after the Oscars, but I did not find this film enticing.

steps77 Dec 30, 2011

Too many liberties were taken with historical facts available. For example, according to this movie, Bathory starts her bloody adventures after her husband's death, as well as her affair with Istvan. According to records, Nadasdy was part of her sadistic practices and might have been the initiator of the legend. Overall, this movie is an unhappy marriage of gore and Friedrich-like romanticism, however a lot better than most "historical" films those days.

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Basileus
Dec 28, 2011

French actress Julia Delpy wrote, directed and starred in this movie based on the notorious Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Bathory. Imprisoned in a cell in her own castle, the movie details the crimes she commited. Over 200 young girls were murdered on her orders so she could bathe in their blood because she believed it kept her appearance young looking. It was a nice psychological touch that whenver Elizabeth looked in a mirror, she saw herself as much older than she was. And of course, after bathing in blood, the audience sees no difference, to her, she looks 10 years younger. Not a bad movie, but not destined to be a classic. Also, given it's subject matter, it is not as gory as one would thing.

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Sep 29, 2013

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