Black Sabbath (film)  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Black Sabbath (Italian title: I Tre volti della paura) is a 1963 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava. Boris Karloff, in addition to appearing in the linking passages, has a role in "The Wurdalak" segment (based on a story by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy). The film comprises three horror stories, the others being "The Drop of Water" and "The Telephone." The Italian original is considerably different from the American version. Released by American International Pictures, it uses a different sequence of the episodes ("The Telephone," followed by "The Wurdalak," followed by "The Drop of Water"), features a different music score, and has different introductory scenes involving Karloff as the narrator, some of which are tongue-in-cheek. The stories themselves are somewhat different as well. The Italian version of "The Wurdalak" is slightly gorier than the US version, but the biggest difference is with "The Telephone." In its original Italian version, this segment contains a lesbian sub-plot that is eliminated in the English-language version by removing a couple scenes, changing the dialogue in those that are left, and reshooting a key insert shot involving a letter. As a result, the American version has been turned into a ghost story, whereas the Italian original is a non-supernatural, noirish exercise in vengeance and murder.

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