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Paula-Paula: An Audiovisual Experience (2010)
** (out of 4)
A new decade is upon us and Spanish filmmaker Jess Franco is back with a new project. The film, according to the credits, is a version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and starts off with Paula (Carmen Montes) being questioned by a Detective (Lina Romay) for the murder of her friend Paula (Paula Davis). Franco has made nearly two-hundred films in his career (probably a lot more if you count the various alternate versions) but I think it might be fair to say that this one here contains one of his smallest budgets. There are a few lines of dialogue and everything else was probably shot in one or two rooms with only three cast members and Franco doing most of the technical stuff. Even Romay only appears for a total of three-minutes so we've pretty much got very little here. In the promotional stuff the film was being called something original and unlike anything we've seen from Franco. I'd say this isn't true as the film really reminded me of a lot of those One-Shot productions where we have very little story and just long stretches of various women doing strange dances or other things. Here, the film runs a brief 66-minutes and we have an opening, a closing and everything in the middle is pretty much the two ladies making out. As with the One-Shot films, the visuals here have distorted colors, morphed cinematography and other strange things going on so again, we've seen this stuff before. I think what does set this film apart is that the visuals are certainly not the most important thing as that there belongs to the music score and this here is what was most impressive. The score jumps all over the place from Jazz to Rock to some weird, funky Country-like stuff but it's extremely catchy and is clearly the best thing about the film. As far as the cast goes, the two females are fair but nothing overly special and Romay doesn't get enough to do.
So far this is the last flick Jess Franco has made. But i wouldn't
really call it a flick. His wife Lina Romay was involved for only a few
minutes, sad to see how she aged after being a nude model and appeared
in so many exploitation flicks. But we all knew she was sick then. It's
also her last performance seen on screen.
But this is just a long clip made on some jazzy score. What we see is one belly dancing girl in a split screen effect. further we have a girl walking around fully naked in front of the camera while there's a peeping tom. From then on we move forward to the two girls french kissing each other and go undressing each other to start kissing and sucking on each nipples.
And that's all there is. For the Kleenex lovers they will have 66 minutes of wanking but for Franco lovers this is just a clip and not a flick. It's out there on DVD limited to 500 copies. Oh yeah, there's a slashing but without blood...
Gore 0/5 Nudity 4/5 Effects 0/5 Story 0/5 Comedy 0/5
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Making sense of Jess Franco's 'Paula-Paula': should I attempt to make
sense of it? What is sense? What is 'Paula-Paula?' I digress. The
credits offer this project as a version of 'Doctor Jekyll and Mister
Hyde', which is a similarity successfully obfuscated until possibly the
very end. Watching this 'audio/visual experience' is a trip, with
LSD-inducing visuals and very occasional dialogues. It isn't as
explicit as other some productions from Franco's prolific output, there
are no invasive, gynaecological shots, but this could be seen as a
celebration of young, beautiful, female physicality. Future 'Alligator
Ladies' (who would feature in Franco's final films) Carmen Montes and
Paula Davis cavort in a variety of lingering slow-motion set-pieces,
often given extra psychedelic (and quite unsettling) prowess by
kaleidoscopic split-screen video effects. Davis in particular joyously
treats the camera like a post-coital lover, and it is difficult to deny
an overpowering erotic charge.
The music is, as ever, seemingly inappropriate. A jazzy/flamenco saturation, it nevertheless succeeds in taking every scene out of itself. And yet the majority of the scenes in question simply feature Montes and Davis making out very slo-o-owly. What accompaniment should they need? The comparatively fast-moving jazz doesn't enhance anything, but perhaps that's the point.
In some Franco films, I've often found some of the elongated sexual content distracts from the mood, rather than enhances it, yet have told myself that such indulgences are probably at the insistence of producers and money-men enforcing titillation on Franco's vision in order to get more bums-on-seats. And yet here, when Franco is surely calling the shots, such intimate scenes ARE the backbone of the film and are more prevalent than ever.
Filmed almost entirely in Franco's home, with just a few grainy location shots, 'Paula-Paula' is probably most notable for featuring Lina Romay's final performance (she died two years after this was released). Little more than a cameo, she is a police inspector or a social-worker questioning a distraught Paula (Montes) about the murder of Paula (Davis) and disappears before the imagery that makes up the rest of the 66 minutes running time kicks in. With an abundance of billowing foil walls providing the sets, the two Paulas are, as you may expect, the unquestioned focus-point.
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I registered here just to say that this is the biggest pile of dog sh!t that I've ever seen! it's just some kind of unfinished pron movie! and if you call this art, than go die! this "director" is a lame-a$$. retard who cant think of a good script, who say. - yeah, just make out and than I'll add some music! you know what? F U!!! worst thing that I've ever seen! and I saw 2 girls 1 cup! that was even more pleasant than this! and yeah, that is it! for more critical reviews follow me! ] i know what real movies are! it's better to watch some good old pron! than wasting your time on this... anyway, i have no idea what to write now! so here's just some critics about the quality!-lame!!! if you're going to make a sh!tty movie, at least film it with a good camera!
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