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Montresor explains why he must punish his friend Fortunato. With the promise of an excellent Amontillado, Montresor lures him deep within the bowels of the Montresor castle. As they descend, the air becomes dank and the walls reveal their encrustations of niter.
Fortunato continues to cough as they work their way through the dank vaults beneath the Seine, stopping to drink wine and to view the Montresor family crest. Montresor tricks Fortunato into entering the vault where he immediately shackles him to the wall.
With the hapless Fortunato shackled to the wall of the ancient vault, Montresor bricks up the vault's opening. Fortunato screams loudly and shrilly and Montresor soon joins in. Montresor finishes his deadly task and leaves Fortunate to die alone in the dank, dark vault.
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"The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge." So speaks Montresor in this faithful rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling story of a murderous trap irresistibly baited with fine wine and flattery. Strong performances and outstanding cinematography make this classic program—an object of considerable critical acclaim at film festivals—an excellent introduction to the work of the master of the American gothic genre. (17 minutes)
Length: 17 minutes
Copyright date: ©1998
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