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La rose de fer (1973)

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.

Director:

Jean Rollin

Writers:

Tristan Corbière (poem), Maurice Lemaître (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Françoise Pascal ... The Girl
Hugues Quester ... The Boy (as Pierre Dupont)
Natalie Perrey Natalie Perrey ... Lady At The Cemetery
Mireille Dargent ... The Clown (as Dily D'Argent)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Delesalle Michel Delesalle
Jean Rollin
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 April 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Iron Rose See more »

Filming Locations:

Amiens, Somme, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films ABC See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2010) (DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The weather on the day Françoise Pascal's nude scene on the beach was shot was freezing cold. See more »

Quotes

The Girl: [Looking up at the stars, while in the cemetery] They say that the stars are gods sending us signals.
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Connections

Referenced in Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes See more »

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Surreal, disquieting and bloodless. Not what you'd expect from a late night horror film.
5 January 2006 | by Company_of_WolvesSee all my reviews

A surreal tale with an almost fairytale like quality to it. Rose of Iron seems very much like a cautionary tale of old as opposed to a straight forward horror film. The films drips with dark atmospheric, from the morbid poet who charms the female lead, to the foggy and creepy aesthetics of locations such as the train yard and the graveyard.

The plot navigates around a young man falling for a pretty girl, they meet at party where his poetry (need I remind you that not all poetry is rose are red) wins him the attention of an attractive girl. In keeping with the surreal they meet in a eerily quiet train yard and soon find their way to a graveyard. Our male lead lacks what you'd call respect for the dead and they're soon making love in a family crypt. When they're done night has fallen, they're locked in. Fear and madness begin to overtake them. But is there more to the graveyard than meets the eye? Perhaps, perhaps not. Rose of Iron is at the very least, a very enigmatic film.

A purely psychological horror, with few actual elements of the supernatural. It could be that they are simply lost in the graveyard, but at times they seem to be going straight but ending up where they began. It plays on conventions and stereotypes as our male lead becomes angry and violence prone. Since it is he who triggers the inciting incident, it is of course him that the obligatory scene at the climax must focus more one. But ultimately it's the female lead and her surreal serenity that leaves us with a climax you won't find in many gore encrusted horror films.


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