April 24, 2014

The world went orange


Spirits of the Dead (Roger Vadim/Louis Malle/Federico Fellini, 1968). Three adaptations of Poe stories with name stars but only the Fellini – “Toby Dammit” – is anything other than inert. Actually, it’s riotous: an imaginative, hallucinated actor-out-of-his-depth-in-Rome story (with a blonde, wasted Terence Stamp) that might have influenced Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere. After the Vadim and Malle shorts, it’s like waking up in the future, feeling wildly confused.