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Orlac
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Jesus 'Jess' Franco

#1 Post by Orlac » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:50 pm

I have this strange urge to pick up all of Franco's horrors (well, not the DTV ones, I do have some principles!). The interviews alone are hilarious - a chainsmoking Franco, subtitled even when speaking in english, bitching endlessly about how his leading ladies (Lina Romay excepted!) were stupid and could never understand him, and how awful and terrible everyone else's horrors are! (he badmouths George Romero frequently). Franco does have some excellent films to his name (VENUS IN FURS, EUGENIE) and he certainly excels at atmosphere, but his vanity seems to cause him to turn everything into a wacky arthouse mess, and sometimes the final result is dreadful. DEVIL HUNTER is probably the only King Kong rip off you'll see where instead of a gorilla, you get a naked black man with ping-pong ball eyes

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Koukol
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#2 Post by Koukol » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:37 pm

I post on other forums where some think Uncle Jess is the greatest filmmaker.
I kid you not!

I don't mind his early black and white films and a few odd ones here and there but he's far from great.

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Re: Jesus Franco

#3 Post by Orlac » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:33 pm

RIP Jess Franco

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Re: Jesus 'Jess' Franco

#4 Post by smergo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:22 pm

A very good obituary by Stephen Thrower, whose book on Franco I'm eagerly awaiting.

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colinr0380
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#5 Post by colinr0380 » Sat May 18, 2013 6:52 am

Three Jess Franco films are coming from Kino/Redemption on Blu from August: The Awful Dr Orloff, Virgin Among The Living Dead (two versions) and the recently rediscovered Nightmares Come At Night. The first two are going to feature Tim Lucas commentaries.

Plus three more films in 2014.

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#6 Post by Anthony Thorne » Sat May 18, 2013 8:54 pm

All true yet the good news is Redemption reportedly have a dozen or more Franco titles lined up to eventually be reissued on Blu, though sales might affect how far into the catalog they're able to delve. Tim Lucas has now recorded a commentary for Nightmares Come At Night as well.

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knives
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#7 Post by knives » Sat May 18, 2013 8:59 pm

They've already released a number of Franco's to Blu so I assume sales are about as good as could be expected.

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Re: Jesus 'Jess' Franco

#8 Post by Cronenfly » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:42 pm

smergo wrote:A very good obituary by Stephen Thrower, whose book on Franco I'm eagerly awaiting.
Anyone know if it is still possible to get an affordable copy of the Thrower book anywhere? Looks to be OOP and going for $1000+ most everywhere I've looked so far...

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Cash Flagg
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#9 Post by Cash Flagg » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:54 pm

You can purchase the non-limited edition for £40 (they ship internationally) direct from the publisher here.

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#10 Post by Cronenfly » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:09 am

Thanks, for some reason the link I found before was showing up as out of stock/unavailable.

EDIT-I was able to successfully place an order, though it seems to go in and out of stock somewhat.

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Re: Jesus 'Jess' Franco

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Grand Wazoo
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Re: Jesus 'Jess' Franco

#12 Post by Grand Wazoo » Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:36 pm

A revised and updated version of Stephen Thrower's Murderous Passions is available for preorder via Strange Attractor Press, with Amazon forthcoming. I know Domino will hate to replace his original volume 1, but sometimes we must sacrifice for the artists we love.

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