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New on Video: ‘The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein’

3 August 2015 5:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein

Written and directed by Jesús Franco

Spain/France, 1972

Since May of this year, I have embarked on an ongoing exploration into the cinema of Jesús Franco. After first viewing Justine (also known as Deadly Sanctuary), one of seven Franco films released in 1969 (his filmography boasts 203 directorial credits from 1957 to 2013), I sought out more of what this infamous Spanish auteur had to offer. Like Justine, some of these films have been extraordinarily entertaining: The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966), Vampyros Lesbos (1971), A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973), Female Vampire and Women Behind Bars (both 1975), and Bloody Moon (1981). Others, however, have been downright atrocious: Emmanuelle Exposed (1982) and Red Silk (1999), one of the worst films I have ever seen.

The latest addition to what is now a 25-films-and-counting “Summer of Jesús Franco” is The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein, available on a new Blu-ray edition from Redemption Films, which has released several other Franco titles. »

- Jeremy Carr

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FilmRise to Distribute Water Bearer’s Lgbt Movies

12 June 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film and TV distributor FilmRise has partnered with Water Bearer Films in a distribution deal for 125 titles from Water Bearer’s library of Lgbt-oriented movies, Variety has learned exclusively.

The deal includes home media, digital and TV. It includes Peter Hall’s adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” starring Helen Mirren and Judi Dench, and the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini, including “The Gospel According to St. Matthew,” “Oedipus Rex” and the documentary “Love Meetings.”

Other titles include the coming-of-age drama “Like a Brother”; Mark Rappaport’s documentary on gay Hollywood, “The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender”; the romance “La Leon”; and “A Very Natural Thing.”

“We’re ecstatic to be distributing these incredible films from the Water Bearer library,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said. “For decades, they have been instrumental in nurturing and promoting Lgbt-oriented filmmaking, from Pasolini to the New Queer Cinema, and we are honored to »

- Dave McNary

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