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Jean Rollin "was a double outsider," argues Dave Kehr in the New York Times, "a filmmaker drawn to the fantastique in a country that had a limited tradition of genre filmmaking as well as a proud tradition of Cartesian rationalism that discouraged explorations of the supernatural. What France did offer, however, was a thriving interest in eroticism, and when Rollin was finally able to make his first feature, The Rape of the Vampire (1968), he did so by combining his childhood fascination with American cliffhanger serials and early-20th-century French fantasists like Gaston Leroux (author of The Phantom of the Opera) with gauzy nudes and exotic couplings." The British company Redemption is "collaborating with Kino International to release handsomely remastered Blu-rays, taken from the original camera negatives, of five key Rollin titles: The Nude Vampire (1970), The Shiver of the Vampires (1971), The Iron Rose (1973), Lips of Blood (1975) and Fascination (1979)."
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For our fourth excursion in the world of Jean Rollin, we travel back to the realm of the vampire with Lips of Blood. This film seems rather tame in comparison to The Iron Rose, and the plot, somewhat pedestrian. However, because Rollin has such a distinguished style, the journey nonetheless remains fascinating and mesmerizing. This isn't my favorite of the Rollin discs, as the idea seems a bit too thin to stretch out an entire film over, but such is life, and it managed to hold my attention anyway. Regardless, Kino's Blu-ray has been restored and treated with kid gloves, giving home video viewers easily the best presentation of Lips of Blood ever to appear on their screens.Jean-Loup Philippe stars as Frederic, a maternally-dominated young »
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