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Watch: Federico Fellini’s Edgar Allan Poe Short ‘Toby Dammit’

Watch: Federico Fellini's Edgar Allan Poe Short 'Toby Dammit'

Loosely inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s 1841 story “Never Bet the Devil Your Head,” “Toby Dammit” was part of “Spirits of the Dead,” a collage of films by Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim. Flasy and ostentatious as ever, this was Fellini’s short film follow-up to “Juliet of the Spirits,” and it has that film’s lurid stylishness.

Sexy Terence Stamp (not-so-sexy and actually quite dead-looking here) plays a boozy former Shakespearian actor in meltdown mode who sells his soul to the devil a la “Doctor Faustus.” But here he’s driving around the Rome cityscape in a Ferrari, having creepy visions of Satan in the form of a creepy blonde child. Nina Rota, of course, provides the groovy score. 

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