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Prolific Spanish film-maker who specialised in psychedelic gothic horror – often laced with sex and violence
According to the Internet Movie Database, the Spanish film-maker Jesús Franco, who has died aged 82, directed 199 films, from El árbol de España in 1957 to Al Pereira vs the Alligator Ladies in 2012, a record few can match in the era of talking pictures. Given that many Franco films exist in three or four variant versions, sometimes so radically different that alternative cuts qualify as separate movies, his overall tally might be considerably higher.
Born Jesús Franco Manera, he was most often credited – at least on international release prints – as Jess Frank or Jess Franco, though he used a host of pseudonyms, writing scripts as David Khune, composing music as Pablo Villa and co-directing pornographic films (with his long-term muse Lina Romay) as Rosa Almirall. He was a true man of the cinema, whose CV ranged from »
- Kim Newman
Viola director Matías Piñeiro discusses the fluidity of Shakespeare, when Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville morphs into Fritz Lang's Metropolis, how European directors in America like Otto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch, and Billy Wilder influence an Argentine director. His beguiling film sees a bike courier embraced by an all-female Shakespeare troupe. The morning before its Us premiere at New Directors/New Films, we met at a café to tackle what Paul Mazursky, Gus Van Sant, Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier have in common that Kenneth Branagh does not.
Anne-Katrin Titze: In Viola, the Shakespeare text moves almost imperceptibly into the everyday speech. Is it all planned out word for word by you? Is it completely scripted?
Matías Piñeiro: Pretty much scripted, except for the last song, which wasn't scripted at all. I write the script very close to the shooting. It's not that I write it and then eight »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
"If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world." – Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'The Master'
Greetings from the apocalypse! This week finds me once again walking down memory lane as I recall two new movies I visited the sets of and, as usual, childhood traumas. Do those traumas involve giants? Do I seek the therapy I so desperately need? Read on …
Friday, March 1
Okay, so in case you haven't heard already, "21 and Over" is basically the same movie as "The Hangover," as evidenced by our informative chart. I had the honor of touring the set of this raunchy sex/alcohol poisoning comedy in Seattle around 2011 or so (I can't quite remember for some reason) and got to watch Justin Chon ride a mechanical buffalo while projectile vomiting. »
- Max Evry
3 items from 2013
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