The idea of handing three short stories by Poe to a trio of famed European directors was far better in concept than in execution. The movie was released in France as HISTOIRES EXTRAORDINAIRES and in Italy as TRE PASSI NEL DELIRIO, and the Fellini portion was released as a short on its own.
The first, "Metzengerstein," was originally published in January 1832, by the Saturday Courier
. Vadim cast his then-wife Jane Fonda as a medieval woman who likes her cousin, Peter Fonda. When the object of her desire shows no inclination to return her affection, the woman scorned takes revenge by
setting fire to Peter's stable of horses. He runs into the blaze to save at l...