Jean Rollin and the French 1970's 1980's Scene

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  1. Korngold

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    I popped in the new BR of Fascination this evening and I couldn't help but wonder about the French horror scene at the time. Was Rollin alone? I always hear about the Italian period, but I'm uninformed about this period in French cinema.

    Did Rollin copycats appear? Did anyone attempt the seemingly erotic horror he did? Is Brigitte Lahaie in other French horror works not by Rollin?

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    So many questions!

    1) In 1979? Pretty much alone. NIGHT OF DEATH (1980) is the nearest thing I can think of.

    2) Not a Rollin copycat per se, but Mario Mercier is worth checking out. Also GIRL SLAVES OF MORGANA LE FAY.

    3) There are definitely other stabs at French erotic horror, like THE BLOOD ROSE and SEVEN WOMEN FOR SATAN.

    4) Lahaie is in Franco's FACELESS, for one.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply, Marshall! I watched the documentary on Rollin that came with the disc after posting this thread and it seems that the French pretty much ignored him while his fans grew elsewhere after seeing his work.

    It's a shame. I've seen Grapes and Fascination which are two of his more accessible films, but the guy was very good with atmosphere.
     
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    There were well over 200 horror/fantasy/sci-fi movies made in France over the 70s and 80s, but no single director made as many as Rollin did.

    This is the single best source I've ever found:
    French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction

    I didn't realize that was out of print and listing at insane prices... but it's worth finding or getting from a library if you can.
     
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    I have always wondered if non-French speakers have an easier time with the uneven acting in his films, since they are less apt to notice unconvincing inflection.
     
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    Could be, could be. Obviously non-native speakers are going to be more concerned about dubbing or subtitles than the acting involved. We'd miss the more subtle things.
     
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    Okay update: I picked up Lips of Blood, Shiver of the Vampire, and the nude Vampire as well.

    I'm curious if Grapes of Death and Living Dead Girl will be released as well.
     
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    Grapes of Death is avaliable in high definition on Netflix; how's that for a hint?
     
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    Freakin' Sweet. Loving the Rollin stuff so far.
     
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    Yeah, expect a GRAPES Blu-ray from Kino/Redemption in early 2013.
     
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    That's great. You know I wouldn't have been exposed to Rollin if not reading about this film in Book of the Dead.
     
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    Forgive my ignorance--what is Book of the Dead?
     
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    Wow, that book looks cool. Unfortunately the one they have at the Boston Public Library is for in-library use only. Maybe I'll stop by and just flip through it a bit.
     
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    Just re-watched Shiver of the Vampires last night. One of the best looking movies ever. Amazing compositions.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Then I saw bea arthur undress...



    Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)


    Actually I got shiver of the vampires, the nude vampire, and lips of blood today. Can't wait to watch them.
     
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    Little update: I finished the movies and enjoyed them. I liked Lips of Blood and Shiver of the Vampire the most, but I felt that it felt more of a "horror" movie to me. Plus the vampire twins... that is such a cool image.

    The Nude Vampire felt so very sixties/early sevenities to me. The psychadelic music, the crazy costumes, and it had this slight sci-fi element to it.
     
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    In regards to the 60s contemporaries: I would say that he is alone to some extent. But, you can certainly find a similar vibe in the works of Alain Robbe-Grillet and Roger Vadim. And, while I haven't seen any of his films, I am pretty sure that Jess Franco was working in France around the same time and I know that there is a lot of cross-over with fans.
     
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    I actually remembered I had a book, Necronomicon - the journal of Horror and Erotic Cinema, that had an article on Rollin.

    It's called Fascination - Jean Rollin: Cinematic Poet and it's an interesting breakdown of Rollin's work. Basically they notice several surrealist and sadean themes.

    It's a good article and helps put many of his films into context.

    Well... as much context as you can put into a Rollin film.
     

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