The infamous Countess Erzsebet Bathory, who is said to have maintained youth and beauty into her old age by bathing in the blood of virgins, has her life story told in a more balanced but still provocative manner in this grand-scale historical drama. Bathory, played by Anna Freil, is portrayed in three important episodes from her life. Bathory falls in love with the legendary artist Caravaggio (Hans Matheson) and attempts to win his heart, which doesn't much amuse her husband Ferenc Nadasy (Vincent Regan). Later, Bathory becomes close friends with Darvulia (Deana Jakubiskova), a woman said to have remarkable healing powers, as observers remark upon Bathory's beauty which seems impervious to the passage of time or the stress of her life. And after the death of her husband, Bathory rises to a position of political power in Hungary, as Palatine Thurzo (Karel Roden) leads a plot to scuttle her ambitions. Bathory also features Bolek Polivka as a monk who narrates the countess's remarkable story. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Not what I thought it was when I read the cover, but it was a good movie. A little ( lot ) longer than I had expected. there was a lot of detail about Bathory, her life and the times she lived in. You have to be a little of a history buff or at least appreciate history to sit through 141 minutes of story telling when most movies are probably 94-98 minutes. As with all movies portraying history, there ae some details omitted and others embelished to add texture, color and some biases to the story.
I disagree with some of the reviews. I thought it was interesting. Not as much about the blood and killings of the countess as it was about war and betrayal, but good story to learn about as I had never knew about her before.
I really liked the movie. Yes it was a longer movie, but I liked that. I liked that they inserted a lot of history in the movie, it's not the Countess of horror we've always heard she was. History is written by those who win hence- what we've heard about her.