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Old 06-17-2005   #1
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The Lady Ligeia is the Conqueror Worm

Ligeia is Poe at his best, and it is a story open to supernatural and psychological interpretations. There had been efforts from well meaning and highly idealistics scholars to portray the world vision implied in the story as a quest for absolute beauty. However it seems, after a non biased reading, that the world of Ligeia is one of purposeless annihilation, where the only way of surviving is preying on innocents (Lady Rowena). Therefore the beautiful otherworldly Lady Ligeia has become the conqueror worm of her own poem. Her death has achieved what she hated more, and now she will not die but she will not love either. I have stolen all these ideas from here : www.public.coe.edu/~theller/essays/poe.htm
I reckon this interpretation is close to TL spirit.

"...what pleasures and improvements do such deny themselves who scorn and avoid all opportunity of intercourse with souls separate and the spirits, glad and sorrowful, which inhabit the unseen world!"
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Re: The Lady Ligeia is the Conqueror Worm

Related:

http://www.ligeiamovie.com/

It's not the story, though.
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Re: The Lady Ligeia is the Conqueror Worm

Thank you Paeng! From what i've read it is based on the story but as you 've already said it's not the story. Do you know when it will be out?

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Re: The Lady Ligeia is the Conqueror Worm

However far it drifts from Poe's story, it almost certainly won't be the 'Poe' film least like its supposed original. My nomination for that title would go to The Oblong Box (1969). Both Poe's story and film contain an oblong box, and in both cases the box is a coffin, and there the similarity ends (apart from both film and book having human protagonists, I suppose).

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Re: The Lady Ligeia is the Conqueror Worm

Is this the original movie Pet?

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I haven't watched it and i 'm a bit confused with all the videos on YouTube

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Re: The Lady Ligeia is the Conqueror Worm

Yes -- that's Roger Corman's film of Ligeia (1964). It departs somewhat from Poe's story, but is a good film, well worth seeing in my opinion. (And it's certainly closer to Poe's story than are some so-called Poe adaptations.) Excellent cinematography, and full of brooding Gothic menace. I own a copy of the DVD -- it's available for less than a fiver on British Amazon:




When I first became aware of your presence on the TLO, I'd recently watched the DVD. I think I mentioned the fact in one of my early visitor messages.

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No info on the schedule but it's listed in IMDB:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038011/
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Re: The Lady Ligeia is the Conqueror Worm

The release date of the film is sometime this year:

http://www.aceshowbiz.com/movie/edga..._poe_s_ligeia/

With some more comments given in these sites:

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/new...lly-deadly.php

http://blog.grimpuppy.com/2009/02/ed...new-movie.html
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