The world of Jess Franco is a mad one. With a filmography (as a director) spanning some 180+ movies (some say 200+, I doubt anyone really has any exact figures), he made his first movies in the 1950s. From right-out horror entries like The Secret Of Dr. Orloff (El Secreto del Dr. Orloff
, 1964) to erotic sleaze (although good ones) like Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (Die Liebesbriefe Einer Portugiesischen Nonne
, 1977) to entries in the cannibal genre (Mondo Cannibale
, 1980, among others) and every concievable genre in between (WIP, zombies, giallo-ish, crime, surreal), his trademark has more or less been to combine horror and eroticism. Among his best movies, beyond the first two mentioned above, Justine
(1970), Eugenie de Sade
(1970 - all three of whom is based on the writing of the Marquis de Sade), and A Virgin Among The Living Dead (Christina, Princesse De L'érotisme
, 1973) deserves to be mentioned. And he's still making 'em! Frequently casting his wife, Lina Romay, the last one I saw was Snakewoman, which was released just last year. Also among his best is Vampyros Lesbos from 1971, starring the beautiful but unfortunately short-lived Soledad Miranda. I usually call this genre "psychadelic 60s", as it always features some very good psychadelic, groovy music (another hilarious entry in this cathegory is Kiss Me, Monster!
from 1969, in which the opening credits actually bounces in tune with the music!). Anyway, Vampyros Lesbos is definitely worth checking out if you havn't done so already. The DVD is available in nice editions as both PAL and NTSC. Until you pick it up, however, enjoy the soundtrack, composed by Manfred Hübler and Siegfried Schwab, with a little help from Jess Franco himself.
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2. The Lions And The Cucumber
3. There's No Satisfaction
4. Dedicated To Love
5. People's Playground (Ver. 1)
6. We Don't Care
7. People's Playground (Ver. 2)
8. The Ballad Of A Fair Singer
11. The Message
12. Shindai Lovers
13. The Six Wisdoms Of Aspasia
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