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Flowers of Perversion: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco

Stephen Thrower Julian Grainger



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Strange Attractor Press
15 January 2019
Electronic, holographic & video art; Erotic art; Individual film directors, film-makers; Biography: arts & entertainment
The disturbing, exciting, and defiantly avant-garde films of Jesus Jess Franco, director of such films as Vampyros Lesbos and Lilian the Perverted Virgin.

Jesus Jess Franco is an iconic figure in world cinema. His sexually charged, fearlessly personal style of filmmaking has never been in vogue with mainstream critics, but for lovers of the strange and sado-erotic he is a magician, spinning his unique and disturbing dream worlds from the cheapest of budgets.

In the world of Jess Franco freedom was the key, and he pushed at the boundaries of taste and censorship repeatedly, throughout an astonishingly varied career spanning sixty years. The director of more than 180 films, at his most prolific he worked in a supercharged frenzy that yielded as many as twelve titles per year, making him one of the most generative auteurs of all time.

Franco's taste for the sexy and horrific, his lifelong obsession with the Marquis De Sade, and his roving hand-held camera style launched a whole new strain of erotic cinema. Disturbing, exciting, and defiantly avant-garde, films such as Necronomicon, Vampyros Lesbos, Virgin Among the Living Dead, and Venus in Furs are among the jewels of European horror, while a plethora of multiple versions, re-edits and echoes of earlier works turn the Franco experience into a dizzying hall of mirrors, further entrancing the viewer who dares enter Franco's domain.

Stephen Thrower has devoted five years to examining each and every Franco film. This book-the second in a two-volume set-delves into the latter half of Franco's career, covering titles including Shining Sex, Barbed Wire Dolls, Swedish Nympho Slaves, and Lilian the Perverted Virgin.

Assisted by the esteemed critic and researcher Julian Grainger, Thrower shines a light into the darkest corners of the Franco filmography and uncovers previously unknown and unsuspected facts about their casts, crews, and production histories.

Unparalleled in scope and ambition, Flowers of Perversion brings Franco's career into focus with a landmark study that aims to provide the definitive assessment of Jess Franco's labyrinthine film universe.
By:   Stephen Thrower, Julian Grainger
Imprint:   Strange Attractor Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 241mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   666g
ISBN:   9781907222603
ISBN 10:   190722260X
Series:   Strange Attractor Press
Pages:   512
Publication Date:   15 January 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Replaced By:   9781907222917
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Thrower is the acclaimed author of Beyond Terror: the Films of Lucio Fulci and the groundbreaking Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents. He is widely regarded as one of the most authoritative historians of exploitation and underground cinema writing today. Julian Grainger has written for Shock Xpress and Sight and Sound, and is coauthor of Cannibal Holocaustand theSavage Cinema of Ruggero Deodato.

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