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Decent and intriguing Noir Film compellingly shot by recently deceased Jesus Franco or ¨Uncle Jess¨

6/10
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain
12 December 2014

This is an average-budget as well as acceptable film realized in ordinary style dealing with a vendetta story and denunciation ; it contains thrills , a criminal intrigue and lots of murders . It's a passable thriller movie directed by prolific filmmaker Jess Frank and also produced by his own production company, Manacoa Films along with Eurocine of Marius Lesoeur and Naga Films . Here Franco manages to give us an adequate ambient , an evocative production design by Antonio Cortes , being rightly narrated , including a plot about fake identity and vengeance enough to keep you intrigued throughout the flick . In this his sixth film and first about his special sub-genre : an intrigue or espionage set in exotic places , and particularly in tropical ones , though many of them filmed in his natal Malaga or Canary Islands . This is a decent Noir intrigue set in Jamaica , being professionally written , produced and directed by Jesus Franco . Based on a story by Luis De Diego and screenplay by the same Jesus Franco or Uncle Jess ; being a complex but weak script concerning an informer who executes a revelation about gunrunning , then he takes a secret identity , while some policemen bent on uncovering the dark activities of this role and ultimately the subsequent revenge carried out by unexpected characters at a twisted finale . The picture was made by the time in which Franco directed nice movies such as The sadistic Baron Klaus , Rififi En La Ciudad , Miss Muerte or Diabolic Doctor Z , Necronomicon and Gritos en la Noche , developing a consolidated professionalism , as his career got more and more impoverished in the following years, but his endless creativity enabled him to tackle films in all genres, from "B" horror to erotic films . The picture was well starred by good Spanish actors , such as Conrado San Martin as our hero , Perla Cristal and Maria Silva , who subsequently worked for Jesus Franco in "The Secret of Dr. Orloff" . The Spanish support cast is frankly fine as Adriano Domínguez , Marta Reves , Gérard Tichy , Ricardo Valle , Agustin Gonzalez , Ángel Menéndez , Fortunio Bonanova who worked in Hollywood and the great Manuel Alexandre , among others . Highlights of the movie a the jazz soundtrack sessions , the spectacularly colorful carnival party , and the well paced fights between starring Conrado San Martin along with Jamaican people against Gerard Tichy and hoodlums filled with lights and dark in intimate Orson Welles ink . In fact , Jesus Franco loved Orson Welles and imitated to him in several pictures .

Atmospheric cinematography in black and white by Juan Marime filmed on Southern Spanish locations as Marbella , Malaga . Well photographed film , full of lights and shades in Orson Welles style , in fact , Franco was direction-assistant in ¨Chimes at midnight¨ and edited ¨El Quijote¨ by Welles . Good musical score by Anton Garcia Abril , Franco's usual musician , including Jazzy sessions and musical numbers . The motion picture was professionally directed by Jesus Franco , a Stajanovist filmmaker who realized 203 movies . However , here he doesn't use his trademarks , as he pulls off a traditional narration , without zooms , neither lousy pace . As the picture belongs to Franco's first period in which he made passable flicks . Jesus uses to sign under pseudonym , among the aliases he used, apart from the names Jess Franco or Franco Manera, were Jess Frank, Robert Zimmerman, Frank Hollman, Clifford Brown, David Khune , Toni Falt, James P. Johnson, Charlie Christian, David Tough , among others . Franco used to utilize usual marks such as zooms , nudism , foreground on objects , filmmaking in ¨do-it-yourself effort¨ style or DIY and managing to work extraordinarily quickly . He often used to introduce second , third or fourth versions , including Hardcore or Softcore inserts or sexual stocks many of them played by his muse Lina Romay . In many of the more than 200 films he's directed he has also worked as composer, writer, cinematographer and editor. His first was "We Are 18 Years Old" and the second picture was ¨Gritos en la Noche¨ (1962) , the best of all them , also titled "The Awful Dr. Orlof" , it's followed by various sequels such as El Secreto del Dr. Orloff (1964) aka "The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll" , " Orloff y el hombre invisible (1970) aka "Dr. Orloff's Invisible Monster" and finally "Faceless" (1987) . He also directed to the great Christopher Lee in 4 films : "The Bloody Judge" , ¨Count Dracula¨, ¨The Blood of Fu Manchu¨ and ¨The castle of Fu Manchu¨ . Jesús's influence has been notable all over Europe . From his huge body of work we can deduce that Jesús Franco is one of the most restless directors of Spanish cinema and often releasing several titles at the same time. Many of his films have had problems in getting released, and others have been made directly for video. More than once his staunchest supporters have found his "new" films to contain much footage from one or more of his older films . Jesús Franco is a survivor in a time when most of his colleagues tried to please the government administration. He broke up with all that and got the independence he was seeking. He always went upstream in an ephemeral industry that fed opportunists and curbed the activity of many professionals . But time doesn't pass in vain, and Jesus' production has diminished since the 90s ; however he went on shooting until his recent death .

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Criminal Georges Rollin has a new identity but will he be found out?

7/10
Author: msroz from United States
4 June 2014

"La Muerte Silba un Blues" (1964) is a beautifully photographed film noir, with some really nicely lit scenes with sharp contrast and a noir story. It's a find for noir fans. I watched a subtitled copy recorded off of a TV channel that looked very good and ran 78 minutes. The cinematographer was the very experienced Juan Marine.

I was very impressed with the skillful work of Jesus Franco, clearly a director who knows exactly what he is doing. Franco co-wrote the screenplay and story with Luis de Diego. The music score deserves a special mention. Franco wrote some tunes for the blues-jazz club portions, but beyond that this movie has a full and creative score that really complements what we see on the screen. The composer was Anton Garcia Abril who has scored a tremendous number of Spanish films.

The story opens 10 years in the past on a long stark bridge with a truck rolling to a police stop to be inspected. There is a doublecross involving 3 men: Castro, Smith and Vogel. Vogel (Georges Rollin) is the double-crosser. Castro is shot and Smith goes to prison. Ten years later, Smith is playing jazz trumpet at a New Orleans club. Vogel lives in Jamaica and has married Castro's former wife. On vacation, she happens to see Smith and he sees her, but he doesn't know she's married Vogel who now goes under the name Radeck and lives a rich life and is hated and feared by the Jamaicans who live in the nearby area. She tells her husband and that sets in motion the rest of the story as he attempts to cover up his criminal past.

Definitely recommended as a well-done film noir.

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