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Bathory (2008) ( Untitled Juraj Jakubisko Project )
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Anna Friel brings home a great performance as Bathory and really brings this film to life. In a time of superstition and constant fighting with the Turks, Hungary has also to keep an eye open for Hapsburg intrigues. Spanning the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Bathory's husband is often away on wars, so Elizabeth has to manage the estates and bring up their children. When a mishap occurs her husband has to call in a woman that most consider a witch to save her, and thus the two women form a bond. As the 'witch' claims she can keep Bathory looking young, Elizabeth starts taking baths, but are these in blood, or something less innocuous?
Taking a few liberties with the facts this presents a thought provoking film, but I am not sure whether the surreal dreamlike imagery is really needed, or a couple of Catholic monks sent into the area to spy. These monks are like early James Bonds with gadgets that must have been made by an early Q.
If you like something a bit different that makes you question the folk tales that get handed down over the years, then you will probably enjoy this, but as I put above, there are a few things that this film would have been better without. Also included on this dvd are extras, a documentary feature, deleted scenes and a music video.
You have to stay with it though as you will be mesmerised by the costumes, scenery and the sheer beauty of the women portrayed in this period. Anna Friel puts on a robust performance and is endearing as a countess and loving mother to her cherished daughters but things start going horribly wrong during her husband's long absences at war and the blood letting starts much later than i imagined.
There is a conspiracy against her and her Protestant stance against an increasing Catholic uprising who eventually plunder the Bathory wealth and have her banished in a castle until her death. So the legend of 'history's most prolific serial killer' may somewhat be influenced by this. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as it portrays a noble countess in a slightly different light and leaves the viewer perplexed as to her abominations of which she was alleged to have carried out!
This is the story of Elizabeth Bathory (Anna Friel) who lived during a time of conflict between the east and west and Catholic and Protestant religions. She was able to survive one, but not the other. This tale depicts the countess as slightly mentally unstable suffering from a disease of the blood. There are scenes which blend reality with dreams in a surreal fashion. It worked rather well for me, but there wasn't a lot of it. Bathory was ruthless and beautiful. In an effort to gain her wealth, her enemies accused her of heinous crimes, at least some of which were true.
What you will first notice is the costumes. They went to great length and expense in this aspect reminding me of Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon." Some of the background is CG, such as the castle with its constant full moon and some of the fires. The monk and his assistant made inventions which made this account seem fictional. Indeed, both of them and the Italian artist appear to be Hollywood creations. Anna Darvulia is historical, but her exact influence is unknown. The film is long: 2 hours and 20 minutes. It moves at a slow and steady pace. You do feel the time. This movie is a not for everybody. It is artsy and based on a true story. It can get boring building background.
Parental Guide: Sex and Nudity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
one incredibly fab film,real edge of the seat stuff,special effects so realistic,5*performance from annaPublished 4 months ago by debs
Rather confusing, blood-drenched tale with various confusing battles randomly dotted about.Published 4 months ago by Country bookseller
It is worth watching on true based story of 16th century countess-murdress and her henchmen who kidnapped and murdered thousands of girls for their sadistic blood thirsty, but my... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jon
Dear me, how could any film starring La Friel be so tedious? I managed to soldier through the first half, but even I have better things to do. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anthony Steadman
Badly acted, badly directed, badly written and badly plotted. And it goes on for over 2 hours ! I actually found myself fast forwarding through large chunks of this utter waste of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by CraggyDVD