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FASCINATION: THE CELLULOID DREAMS OF JEAN ROLLIN. David Hinds. Headpress, London, 2016. 280 pp. with 100 ills. 20 x 12 cm. ISBN 9781909394230 In English.
Publisher's description: May 1968. Parisian streets are awash with violence and public unrest. In a small cinema, a surreal vampire film causes a riot: The audience smashes up the auditorium, tear out the seats, and chase the film's director onto the street with violent intent. This is the premiere screening of Jean Rollin's feature debut, The Rape of the Vampire. An outsider of French cinema, Rollin's films are unique and dreamlike. They offer tales of mystery and nostalgia -- of lost love, childhood, obsolescence and seductive female vampires with a thirst for blood and sex. Rollin made strange, evocative and deeply personal horror films. But he was also at the heart of the French pornographic revolution after the abolishment of censorship, and discovered porn queen Brigitte Lahaie, later to star in many of his films. Funding his own projects, Rollin defiantly made the films he wanted make and in so doing created a fantastique genre unlike any other. Films like The Nude Vampire, The Living Dead Girl, Fascination and The Grapes of Death are now celebrated as the work of an auteur, one who confounds preconceived notions of what constitutes 'Eurotrash' cinema.
Artist(s):Rollin, Jean
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 172306
Paperbound $19.99    

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