Donkeys in Cinema (2): Poe, Fellini, Stamp and a Donkey

Christoph Huber

I am not a big fan of Federico Fellini, but I have to admit his episode from the Edgar Allen Poe omnibus “Histoires extraordinaires” (1968) is truly extraordinary. Probably because his penchant for the grotesque does not seem misplaced in the world of horror fantasy (replete with Mario Bava quote). Then, there’s Terence Stamp’s bravura performance. And it even has a donkey.


“Mysteries force a man to think, and so injure his health…”


– Edgar Allen Poe, Never Bet the Devil Your Head. A Tale with a Moral

Screengrabs from Toby Dammit (Federico Fellini, 1968)
Screengrabs from Toby Dammit, 1968, Federico Fellini