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The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe

The story begins around dusk, one evening during the carnival season (similar to the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans) in an unnamed European city. Montresor has been previously wronged by Fortunato, and so Montresor vows revenge against Fortunato in an effort to support his time-honored family motto: "Nemo me impune lacessit" (No one assails me with impunity). Montresor finds his "friend" inebriated, and dressed in carnival costume at dusk. Montresor cleverly induces Fortunato to follow him into the catacombs to determine if his newly-acquired cask of amontillado — a kind of Spanish sherry — is indeed authentic, and thus worth the price paid. They walk and talk, as the location quickly changes from the lighthearted activites associated with such a festival to the damp, dark catacombs under Montresor's palazzo which helps to establish the sinister atmosphere of the story.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 18

  1. 1. Tim Burton 33% 
  2. 2. Kenneth Branagh 27% 
  3. 3. Roman Polanski 11% 
  4. 4. John Carpenter 5% 
  5. 5. Tony Scott 5% 
  6. 6. Roger Corman 5% 
  7. 7. David Fincher 5% 
  8. 8. Gore Verbinski 5% 

Cast Results

Montresor Total Votes: 19

  1. 1. Alan Rickman 36% 
  2. 2. Kenneth Branagh 31% 
  3. 3. John Malkovich 10% 
  4. 4. Antonio Banderas 10% 
  5. 5. Clive Owen 5% 
  6. 6. Vincent Price 5% 

Fortunado Total Votes: 20

  1. 1. Eddie Izzard 30% 
  2. 2. Patrick Stewart 20% 
  3. 3. Jim Broadbent 20% 
  4. 4. Rene Auberjonois 10% 
  5. 5. Jason Statham 5% 
  6. 6. Robert Morley 5% 
  7. 7. Alan Rickman 5% 
  8. 8. Orlando Bloom 5% 

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Comments

  • recneps4321: I personally don't see how you can drag this movie out to more than about 20 minutes.
  • Jim: So this really could be an amazing short. Patrick Stewart vs. Malkovich would be great.

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