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The Iron Rose (1973)
"La rose de fer" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  12 April 1973 (France)
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A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.



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A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.

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Not a conventional film, but a piece of mood.
29 January 2006 | by (Birmingham, UK) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy the beginning of the film, the deserted town and railway station sequences, but when the couple actually enter the cemetery, the film gets tedious. The main heroes do nothing but merely wonder around the tombstones, uttering nonsensical lines from time to time. There's nothing for them to do there, It is obvious that the whole film was made out of Rollin's love for cemetery, which is very beautiful in its decay and desolation.. Multiple shots of crosses and tombstones, and strange heroes who don't even seem to understand each other. The conversations they have lead nowhere and end abruptly. Rollin populates the cemetery with his favourite heroes: a vampire is seen entering the crypt, and a creepy clown bringing some flowers to one of the graves. The acting is rather questionable, also because the script doesn't provide the leads who actually seem to be quite capable actors, with any material to work with. Therefore their behaviour in the film seems really weird, when they switch from nearly catatonic state to mad fury for no reason and then become mild and gentle within seconds. Rollin never ever tells conventional stories with his films, instead he just films what he wants to see, and then puts it together in editing, as a result his subconscious is on display. There's no such thing as pace in his films, he doesn't try an give his films rhythm and structure via editing, he only uses it to put the scenes together. That's why you can always notice jarring cuts in most of his works. Director's aim usually is not to deliver you some concrete message, but put you in a particular mood. Atmosphere is his ultimate aim, for Rollin admits his films are moving paintings. I was rather disappointed when I first watched the film, but I keep on rewatching it very often, because, despite lacking any dramatic tension, La rose de fer is a very beautiful and atmospheric film.

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