The Tomb of Ligeia

Synopsis: Some years after having buried his beloved wife Ligea, Verden Fell meets and eventually marries the lovely Lady Rowena. Fell is something of a recluse, living in a small part of a now ruined Abbey with his manservant Kenrick as the only other occupant. He remains infatuated with his late wife and is convinced that she will return to him. While all goes well when first married, he returns to his odd behavior when they return to the Abbey from their honeymoon. The memories of Ligea continue to haunt him as well as her promise that she would never die.
Director(s): Roger Corman
Production: American International Picture
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82 min

You cannot bury her in consecrated ground.

- She was not Christian.

- This is my ground.

- It is the Lord's ground.

- Then let the Lord refuse her.

- She will not rest with Christian dead.

- She will not rest because she is not dead.

To me.

She will not die because she willed not to die.

Is her will stronger than the Lord's?

These are her words.

M ooo o oo ooo o go

o o oo ooo

o o o o o oo o

- lasphemy

- enediction.

Now hear mine. She desecrates the earth

and her will rots with her bones.

oth are as damned and dead

as the devil's soul.

(cat yowhs)

A nervous contraction.

Nothing more.

Nothing more.

So silent now?

Well, why don't you speak?

Or you? Or you?

Pray, speak.

Or has the cat got your tongues? (chnuckhEs)

You must have met in hell.

(hnurntirng hnorrns sournd)

- The fox may go to ground.

- Damn the fox Where's my daughter?

Where's my daughter?


- Rowena

- Hello, Christopher.

Come on, boy.

- Rowena, the fox has...

- other the fox. This is far more intriguing.

- Ligeia...

- (cat yowhs)



- What is it?

- I heard her scream.

She was thrown by her mount.

I thought it unwise for her to move.

- In preventing it, I seem to have frightened her.

- Yes, quite.

- I thought the abbey was deserted.

- It is, save for myself, a servant and...

- Is she all right?

- Yes, quite all right, Christopher.


Good Lord

I never would have...

- Those glasses...

- The result of a morbid reaction to sunlight.

ut I thought that... that not hearing from you...

I mean, after the funeral...

- Perhaps you had better fetch the lady's horse.

- Yes. Yes, of course.

Rowena... don't be frightened.

He's an old friend.

o Roo o o o o o,

M Vooo o

- How do you do?

- Terribly sorry to have trampled the asphodels.

- They are so bright.

- The flowers of death.

How very appropriate.


- Take her in while I fetch her father.

- That won't be necessary.

I'm afraid it will.

- You aren't blind, are you?

- No. I live at night. My vision is painfully acute.

Oh, no No Please Please, that light

- I'm sorry. I only thought...

- No.

No, oo

I'm sorry.

Ko c

Sherry and some linen bandages.

- (cat mEows)

- (RowErna) The same cat?

- Is it broken?

- It doesn't appear to be, but it needs binding.


Thank you.

You do that rather well.

Where did you learn?

I see.

Do you suppose I could make you smile?

Do you laugh, Mr Fell?

Only at myself.

- I see.

- Do you? You keep saying, "I see."

- ut your vision seems more limited than mine.

- (marn) Rowena

- Rowena

- Here, Father.

Are you all right? Oh, doctor here already?


- No...

- Are you sure you're all right?

Good. I want to show you this.

Damnedest fox you ever saw. Must be a freak.

- I've never seen anything like it.

- Oh, Father, please

- Lord Trevanion, Mr Fell...

- Fell? Oh, the doctor. Terribly rude of me.

- He is not...

- Look at this fox. What do you think?

I suppose foxes aren't in your line.

o og o o oc o Vt ps pa a,

oc o o g o o N Doo

In Egyptian art,

it is found at the feet of Ashtophet,

goddess of ill-omened marriages... as her pet.

Hmm... Really?

- If it belongs in Egypt, why is it here?

- It was kept by the Lady Ligeia.

As a pet? A fox?

W o o o o o oo g o

M o

I think we ought to be going.

Christopher, help me on with my boot.

- Are...?

- I'm fine now, Father.

- Have I said something?

- It's all right, Father.

- Hey, the fox

- In the wicker, my lord.

No, o

Poo, oo

I said it's not.

- Well, where could it...? I mean, how could it...?

- Perhaps you can tell me.

- Through here.

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Robert Towne

Robert Towne (born Robert Bertram Schwartz; November 23, 1934) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. His most notable work was his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest movie screenplays ever written. He also wrote its sequel The Two Jakes in 1990, and wrote the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973), and Shampoo (1975), as well as the first two Mission Impossible films (1996, 2000). more…

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