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About the Author

Jack Hunter is author and editor of over 20 previous books on cinema, including EROS IN HELL and MOONCHILD, as well as the popular book on Japanese art, DREAM SPECTRES, and the counter-culture classic FREAK BABYLON.

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Since 1968 English-speaking cinephiles have tended to resist Jean Rollin's work, his descents into hermetically sealed worlds of desolate châteaus, solitary vampires and violent seduction, and above all the bizarre genius and poetic imagery with which he weaves his morbid fascinations. Unlike many filmmakers, Rollin's lineage is one of writers, poets, painters, serialists, and comic strip artists as well as cinéastes. The vampire, the (pair of) virgin(s), and the castle form the cardinal points of Rollin's art. The vampire is often portrayed as the embodiment of both sex and death, so it seems natural that Rollin's perception lies confined to more salacious variations of the "exploitation filmmaker” legend. However, despite these "low art” connotations, his nocturnal fantasies perhaps dwell more readily in the company of those belonging to Tristan Corbière, Gaston Leroux and Jean Ray rather than those of, say, Jess Franco. Although Leroux's Phantom Of The Opera is widely acknowledged as one of the great horror novels, not only does it remain little read, but it eclipses the rest of his body of work. Although Leroux's detective novels The Perfume Of The Woman In Black and The Mystery Of The Yellow Room have both been filmed, his extraordinary, and rather horrific, short Grand-Guignol tales remain trapped in obscurity. These are lurid pulp pieces which have undoubtedly made a huge impression on Rollin. Several of these stories, notably The Woman With The Velvet Collar, are prefaced with a maritime scenario of sailors reciting weird tales at coastal taverns, which is perhaps why this location has such resonance in Rollin's films, particularly Les Démoniaques. The element of organised crime present in Leroux's novels also proliferates into almost every Rollin opus, from bandits in Le Viol Du Vampire, Fascination and Les Démoniaques to the runaways in Requiem Pour Un Vampire, Nuit Des Traquées and The Escapees. Tristan Corbière's poetry has a romantic preoccupation with memories. Perhaps it is this one vein which runs consistently through Rollin's films, lending them a unique ambience of mystery. Lèvres De Sang may be seen as the conclusion of this preoccupation, which has haunted both Le Viol Du Vampire and La Vampire Nue. Corbière and Leroux wrote around the circle of French Decadent writers, among which was Jean Lorrain, the author of the short story "The Glass Of Blood”: "...It is the governess who has the task of conducting the girl ...
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Product Details

  • Series: Cult Movie Specials
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Glitter Books (September 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902588282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902588285
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love Jean Rollin so snatched this up. The long introduction and the interview have already been published in the Necronomicon books , so I learned nothing new about the man and his films and was stuck with a bunch of not great quality photos. Feels lazy.
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Don't expect a book. Expect 96 pages of images of varying quality, some of which are nice, interesting, and rare. There are a couple of good essays too, but they are reprints. From the moment I saw the purple "Glitter books" logo on the cover I knew this thing was going to be a disaster for any serious Rollin lover. Great intro for people who don't know anything.
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This "book" is nothing but a collection of photos (many without interest) of some of the films of Jean Rollin, with very little text (an introduction and an old interview with the director), and no interesting information about the films in question. Maybe I should have researched better about the book before I buy it, but in my opinion this "book" (with less than 100 pages!) Is a lazy job and not worth the investment.
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American vampire movies are all of a type. Jean Roullin took the vampire genre and stretched it to the breaking point. A must for film students.
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