Fangoria: Jess Franco Remembered

Fangoria #325, Agosto 2013, Celebrating the Master of Eurohorror

Jess was more emotion - and feeling based - after all, he was a jazz musician at heart.  Mind you, when Jess explained the supposed symbolism in some of the scenes. I had a hard time following his thoughts. I never quite understood how an audience would get them without any kind of explanation. It could be said that Jess was at the mercy of his feelings; that's why his work is so uneven. He could be a genius one day and a lackluster the next.
Maria Rohm, actriz, em Beautiful Maria

We have to consider that he lived the earlier part of  his life under General Francisco Franco's regime, except for  periods in France,  where he was able to see another world out there, away from the hypocrisy of the time in Spain. His first films contained little or no eroticism; I believe the first example of  this was in Succubus. Violence was permitted on screen, especially if the right side won, but sex was out of question. I did eight films with Jess over a 10-year period, and his interest in the erotic eventually became more important than the storylines.
Jack Taylor, actor, em Jack's Journey Into Perversion

Talking of legends, it is an off-told tale in cultdom that one way Jess could be so superhumanly productive was that he would shoot more than one film at a time, sometimes with the same blissfully oblivious cast and crew. Jess categorically denied this - so then how could he churn out five to seven films a year? "My personal problem is that when I'm shooting a film, I'm not able to think about another. It's impossible to cut my brain into separate pieces: 'This one's for Dracula and this one's for the cannibal film.' When it was organized well, I was able to shoot very close, one day between movies ... But this nonsense about me making two at the same time? No, I would shoot back to back. I like this system. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to shoot, let's say, Count Dracula, and the next day, because we'd agreed about the actors, the locations and everything, Bloody Judge."
David Gregory, fundador da produtora e distribuidora Severin Films, em My Friend, Jess Franco

If Franco's work has any particular magic formula that incites obsession, it is his serial use of not only actors and locations, but characters and situations. The IMDb presently lists 194 movies under his direction - though it's an incomplete list, especially if one considers alternative versions as separate titles - yet it's possible that this sprawling achievement could be reduced to no more than a dozen or so recurring stories.
Tim Lucas, crítico e editor da revista Video Watchdog, em Jess Franco: The Undying Legend

... as I wrote in my article "How to Read a Franco Film" (which appeared in the very first issue of my magazine Video Watchdog), you can't see one Franco film until you've seen them all... My point is that every Franco movie sheds light on the rest, because he filmed so rapidly that his work becomes a continuum, a house of mirrors, rather than a series of self-contained statements. This doesn't mean that each movie can't be enjoyed on its own merits, but there's no question that you get more out of them the better acquainted with his overall output. This is far truer of Franco than it is of John Ford, Howard Hawks or even Franco's own master Orson Welles, which I believe makes him one of the cinema's truest auteurs.
Tim Lucas, crítico e editor da revista Video Watchdog, em Jess Franco: The Undying Legend

Franco's films have taught me that when all movies begin to look alike, cinema has become unhealthy. One of  the reasons why people sometimes find it difficult to embrace Franco's work right away is that it's out of step with how they do things in Hollywood, or even other European genre films. Franco may employ commercial formats like horror or sexploitation,  but he uses them to create pictures that are literary, campy, ironic, satirical, primitive, anarchistic, political, even diaristic.
Tim Lucas, crítico e editor da revista Video Watchdog, em Jess Franco: The Undying Legend 

A iniciativa Jess Franco: Um Mapa resulta de uma parceria entre os blogues My Two Thousand Movies e there's something out there.


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