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7 April 1969 (USA) See more »
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Janine Reynaud stars as a nightclub stripper who free-floats through a spectral 60's landscape littered with dream-figures... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Janine Reynaud ... Lorna Green
Jack Taylor ... William Francis Mulligan
Adrian Hoven ... Ralf Drawes
Howard Vernon ... Admiral Kapp (as Howard Varnon)
Nathalie Nort ... Bella Olga
Michel Lemoine ... Pierce
Pier A. Caminnecci ... Hermann
Américo Coimbra ... The crucified actor
Lina De Wolf
Eva Brauner
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Jesús Franco ... Writer (uncredited)
Karl Heinz Mannchen ... Partyguest (uncredited)
Daniel White ... Piano Player (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pier A. Caminnecci  writer

Produced by
Pier A. Caminnecci .... associate producer
Adrian Hoven .... producer
Karl Heinz Mannchen .... executive producer
Original Music by
Friedrich Gulda 
Jerry van Rooyen 
Cinematography by
Jorge Herrero 
Franz Xaver Lederle  (as Franz Lederle)
Film Editing by
Frizzi Schmidt 
Art Direction by
Peter H. Krause 
Carlos Viudes 
Makeup Department
Irmgard Forster .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Gaffron .... production supervisor
Karl Heinz Mannchen .... unit production manager
Sound Department
Hans-Dieter Schwarz .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Vernon .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karl Lagerfeld .... costume designer: Janine Reynaud

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Also Known As:
"Necronomicon - Geträumte Sünden" - West Germany (original title)
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Argentina:95 min | USA:79 min | West Germany:84 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:(Banned) (1970) | Netherlands:16 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:X | West Germany:18
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Jesús Franco's first film with Jack Taylor.See more »
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An engaging slice of '60s erotic surrealism, 12 April 2013
Author: StingrayFilms from United States

After making several "normal" horror/exploitation films, Franco indulged in this baffling but engaging fever-dream of supernatural fantasy. Around this time, Franco, like his French counterpart Jean Rollin, began an arty phase, weaving haunting scenes of surrealism, eroticism, and horror into enigmatic, loosely constructed stories.

Both directors were notorious for writing scripts a few hours before shooting or starting a film without a script based on a dream, trusting improvisation and inspiration to furnish the rest of the story. The difference is that Rollin usually discovered some logical explanation along the way for all the weird goings on, while Franco's work remains ambiguous.

Our story begins with the beautiful redhead Lorna (Janine Reynaud) as a dominatrix in an avant-garde S&M nightclub act for jaded sophisticates. She is the symbol of dangerous seduction and the obsession of men and women alike. Her Mephistophelean manager (Jack Taylor) has somehow transformed her into "the essence of evil - a devil on earth", but how and why is left unexplained. There are long, lyrical dream sequences (nicely shot in soft, hazy tones) where she repeatedly returns to a Gothic castle by the sea. Roaming through the elegant rooms, she has memories of a past life as a countess. (Her thoughts, like the thoughts of most of the characters, are related via narration.) In a highly effective scene, a room full of mannequins dressed in period gowns become animated and threatening.

As fantasy and reality blend together, there are many strange encounters, tastefully restrained nude scenes (unusual for Franco), a few murders that may be hallucinations, and a decadent party straight out of "La Dolce Vita". In fact, Franco seems to be under the spell of Fellini (especially "Juliet of the Spirits") for much of the film.

As the story shifts from Portugal to Berlin, there are some nice scenes of the austere German city and creative shots (reflections in a car window, ducks on a pond) accompanied by poetic and philosophical musings. Clearly, there is some kind of artistic intent here despite a flawed and confusing narrative. A profusion of random ideas and beautiful/bizarre images pop up like wildflowers all over this crazy dreamscape but offer no explanation. Like many David Lynch films, the story is a head-scratcher, but there is enough stylish and visually rewarding material to make it worth seeing.

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