Murderous Passions : The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco | Stephen Thrower serves up the definitive tribute to the cult film legend
OK! So I’ve just got my hands on this exhaustive, obsessive labour of love from Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower and co-writer Julian Grainger, which has been sumptuously produced by Strange Attractor, and it’s bloody fantastic!
Jesús ‘Jess’ Franco is an iconic figure in world cinema. Directing more than 180 films in a career spanning six decades, the Spanish filmmaker is one of the most prolific directors of all time and winner of a Lifetime Achievement prize at the 2009 Spanish Goya Film Awards. Yet his work frequently met with censorship resistance and was often despised by critics. Franco’s taste for the sexy and horrific, his lifelong obsession with the Marquis De Sade and his roving hand-held camera style birthed a whole new strain of outlandish sado-erotica.
Stephen Thrower has devoted five years to examining each and every Franco film. This book – the first in a two-volume set – delves into the first half of Franco’s career: from his avant-garde comedy Tenemos 18 años in 1959, through the groundbreaking surgical horror story The Awful Dr. Orlof and the art-horror masterpiece Necronomicon, to his grisly psycho-killer opus Exorcism in 1974.
With the guidance of critic and researcher Julian Grainger, who contributes a number of excellent articles, Thrower uncovers previously unknown facts within Franco’s filmography, on its casts, crews and production histories, to provide a concise and definitive assessment of the iconic director’s labyrinthine film universe.
The 432-page book, which has a Forward by Franco regular Monica Swinn and 32 pages in colour, is available in two editions from: a signed and numbered Special Edition, imited to 300 copies, in a cloth, foil blocked cover with inserted colour plate, plus a postcard set and a limited 7″ vinyl disc of Franco music (containing three tracks from La Comtesse Perverse and Le Journal Intime dune Nymphomane by Roger Davy), and a signed Standard Edition, with postcard set.
Posted on August 6, 2015, in Books, Cult Film News, Must-See, The Jesus Franco Collection and tagged Jesús ‘Jess’ Franco, Jesús Franco, Julian Grainger, Murderous Passions : The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco, Stephen Thrower. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.