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Movie: Bathory

April 9, 2009

This is not a review of Bathory (2008). I just noticed the coming DVD/Blu Ray release of this film later this year (September?) from DVDTalk. Having no idea of what Bathory is about, 😳 I checked the official web site and got interested by its trailer (in English).

The introduction:

The gruesome tale of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, notorious yet obscure, has been recounted by historians, writers, poets, playwrights, musicians, painters, and moviemakers. Tradition has it that Countess Bathory was the greatest murderess in the history of humankind, as documented by her entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

She tortured her victims, exclusively women, before killing them. She bathed in their blood, and tore the flesh from their bodies with her teeth while they were still alive. But is that really true? In four centuries, no historical document has been found to reveal what had exactly happened. The plot of my film diametrically opposes the established legend.

“My story is about a defenceless widow who owns more property and riches than the king himself and who, as a result, becomes a victim of scheming from on high.” — Juraj Jakubisko (the director)

The movie official site offers lots stuff to go through. The wallpapers are too bloody for my taste as desktop wallpaper, but I like the dragon icon and the map of family tree.

The site shows the reconstructed picture of Čachtice Castle as compared with the current status (wiki).

It’s also quite interesting to look at the diaries (by whom? the director 😕 ), which contains 18 pictures. Though we cannot see clearly what it was written (hand-writing), the drawings are full of imagination. 🙂 For instance:

Whether Elizabeth Báthory was a heartless murderess or a victim of conspiracy as suggested by László Nagy, we cannot really know. However, I’d not be surprised if most of counts are exaggerated. 😐


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Trisha Anderson permalink
    April 10, 2009 6:27 am

    If you’re into finding out more about her, there’s a book out called Memoir of a Countess, which is excellent. I wish the movie could have made it to the US in theaters!

    • April 10, 2009 8:34 am

      Thanks for the info. 🙂
      I’m also curious about how the director’s view of Bathory is.

  2. laureano permalink
    November 7, 2009 5:19 am

    how do i get this dvd in the united states?

    • November 7, 2009 5:45 pm

      You will need to order overseas. So far I only know the Romanian DVD has English audio.

      • laureano permalink
        November 7, 2009 11:13 pm

        Thanks alot but do you happen to know an overseas website that is reliable where i can order that movie the romanian dvd that has english audio, because i really want that movie, also what region is it. I also would like to get the 2009 movie about bathory called The Countess do you know where i can get that, it doesn’t seem to be available here in the states even though english actor William Hurt is in it and thanks for your time and help in this matter.

      • November 8, 2009 7:47 am

        I don’t know the online retailers for these two movies. The information about Romanian DVD for Bathory comes from the discussion thread in DVDTalk. Maybe the users there would know the answer (that discussion place is for international DVDs).

        I just Googled and found this. If you’re interested, you can contact the seller directly.

  3. laureano permalink
    November 8, 2009 12:09 pm

    thanks for all your help i really appreciate it, i know who to contact now if i need help in this area again you were very useful to me!

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