an artistic hero of mine for decades, in person. It DOES pay to
live within driving distance of Austin…as long as I don’t have to live there!
Working with low-budgets and a fertile imagination, Jesus Franco has created countless mind-expanding films for nearly 50 years, all of which show his unique visual style. Many of his films have a post-logical, elliptical, dream-like structure, and certainly works such as THE SADISTIC BARON VON KLAUS (1962), ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS (1966, w/ Eddie Constantine), THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z (1966), THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN (1972), and DRACULA CONTRA FRANKENSTEIN (1972) I have watched countless times and they were instrumental in the creation of my poetic aesthetic. In fact, BARON VON KLAUS and the 1972 DRACULA/FRANKENSTEIN films are some of the most poetic cinema one will find. Franco has never been popular with mainstream critics or academia because he chooses to work in genre films, but in a sense that rejection is testimony to the purity of his vision. I never expected I’d ever be in the same room as Senor Franco, so this will be a special treat for me…and to see a nice print of VENUS IN FURS on the big screen (I saw it as the third or fourth film on an all-night bill at a drive-in, in a scratchy, splicy form, circa 1973) will also be an experience I won’t soon forget. Many great Franco films have still not been issued on video in the US/UK (his pop-art, adult comic-strip film LUCKY, THE INSCRUTABLE deserves to be as remembered as DANGER:DIABOLIK and MODESTY BLAISE, and is certainly better than the latter by any standard), but many ARE, so try some. I’m sure you can find them cheap on the Amazon Marketplace.
Thanks, Jess, for the joy and the cheap thrills and the visionary cinematic poetry you’ve given us over the decades!