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Jess Franco

Dedicated fans adore the impetuous, punkish spontaneity of his work, but sceptics, for the same reason, find him hard to take seriously. Franco shot his films in a whirlwind of impulse, like a cartoon Tasmanian Devil with a movie camera, and the results veer from controlled chaos to devil-may-care randomness. Many of his most astonishing films bear hallmarks that would appal the sober-minded student of classical film style. But while perfect craft may have fallen by the wayside, Franco’s breakneck speed unleashes a blizzard of extraordinary sensations and images. There’s something truly otherworldly about his films: they give us precious glimpses of a stranger, more delirious reality. Jess Franco was, if you like, the anti-Kubrick — impulsive, impatient, always in a hurry — but he shared with the master procrastinator one special quality; a cinematic vision as distinct and unique as a retinal photograph.

Stephen Thrower, Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco, Volume One (Strange Attractor Press, 2015)

His unique mastery of the brilliant and the banal, often within the same scene, is the reason why Franco occupies his special place in the pantheon of alternative film.

Richard Kuipers, Eaten Alive!: Italian Cannibal and Zombie Movies (Plexus, 2006)

Selected filmography for Jess Franco

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Title Year IMDb Rating
* We Are 18 Years Old 1959 We Are 18 Years Old (1959) on IMDb
** Labios rojos 1960 Labios rojos (1960) on IMDb
* Queen of the Tabarin Club 1960 Queen of the Tabarin Club (1960) on IMDb
*** The Awful Dr. Orlof 1962 The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962) on IMDb
*** The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus 1962 The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (1962) on IMDb
* Vampiresas 1930 1962 Vampiresas 1930 (1962) on IMDb
* El llanero 1963 El llanero (1963) on IMDb
* Rififí en la ciudad 1963 Rififí en la ciudad (1963) on IMDb
*** Dr. Orloff’s Monster 1964 Dr. Orloff’s Monster (1964) on IMDb
* La muerte silba un blues 1964 La muerte silba un blues (1964) on IMDb
*** Attack of the Robots 1966 Attack of the Robots (1966) on IMDb
*** The Diabolical Dr. Z 1966 The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966) on IMDb
* Residence for Spies 1966 Residence for Spies (1966) on IMDb
** Lucky, the Inscrutable 1967 Lucky, the Inscrutable (1967) on IMDb
*** The Blood of Fu Manchu 1968 The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) on IMDb
** Succubus 1968 Succubus (1968) on IMDb
*** 99 Women 1969 99 Women (1969) on IMDb
*** The Castle of Fu Manchu 1969 The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) on IMDb
*** The Girl from Rio 1969 The Girl from Rio (1969) on IMDb
** Kiss Me Monster 1969 Kiss Me Monster (1969) on IMDb
*** Marquis de Sade’s Justine 1969 Marquis de Sade’s Justine (1969) on IMDb
** Two Undercover Angels 1969 Two Undercover Angels (1969) on IMDb
** Venus in Furs 1969 Venus in Furs (1969) on IMDb
*** The Bloody Judge 1970 The Bloody Judge (1970) on IMDb
*** Count Dracula 1970 Count Dracula (1970) on IMDb
*** Eugenie 1970 Eugenie (1970) on IMDb
* Juliette 1970 Juliette (1970) on IMDb
*** Nightmares Come at Night 1970 Nightmares Come at Night (1970) on IMDb
** The Devil Came from Akasava 1971 The Devil Came from Akasava (1971) on IMDb
*** She Killed in Ecstasy 1971 She Killed in Ecstasy (1971) on IMDb
*** Vampyros Lesbos 1971 Vampyros Lesbos (1971) on IMDb
** X312 - Flight to Hell 1971 X312 - Flight to Hell (1971) on IMDb
* The Avenger 1972 The Avenger (1972) on IMDb
*** Daughter of Dracula 1972 Daughter of Dracula (1972) on IMDb
*** Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein 1972 Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972) on IMDb
* Les ebranlées 1972 Les ebranlées (1972) on IMDb
* Sex Charade 1972 Sex Charade (1972) on IMDb
** The Sexy Darlings 1972 The Sexy Darlings (1972) on IMDb
* The Vengeance of Doctor Mabuse 1972 The Vengeance of Doctor Mabuse (1972) on IMDb
** Virgin Report 1972 Virgin Report (1972) on IMDb
* Al otro lado del espejo 1973 Al otro lado del espejo (1973) on IMDb
*** The Demons 1973 The Demons (1973) on IMDb
** Devil’s Island Lovers 1973 Devil’s Island Lovers (1973) on IMDb
* El misterio del castillo rojo 1973 El misterio del castillo rojo (1973) on IMDb
*** The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein 1973 The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973) on IMDb
** Eugenie de Sade 1973 Eugenie de Sade (1973) on IMDb
*** Female Vampire 1973 Female Vampire (1973) on IMDb
* Relax Baby 1973 Relax Baby (1973) on IMDb
*** The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff 1973 The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff (1973) on IMDb
** Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac 1973 Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac (1973) on IMDb
** Tender and Perverse Emanuelle 1973 Tender and Perverse Emanuelle (1973) on IMDb
*** A Virgin Among the Living Dead 1973 A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) on IMDb
* Celestine, Maid at Your Service 1974 Celestine, Maid at Your Service (1974) on IMDb
*** Countess Perverse 1974 Countess Perverse (1974) on IMDb
* Fifteen Year Old Captain 1974 Fifteen Year Old Captain (1974) on IMDb
*** How to Seduce a Virgin 1974 How to Seduce a Virgin (1974) on IMDb
*** Lorna the Exorcist 1974 Lorna the Exorcist (1974) on IMDb
* The Lustful Amazons 1974 The Lustful Amazons (1974) on IMDb
** Night of the Skull 1974 Night of the Skull (1974) on IMDb
* Les chatouilleuses 1975 Les chatouilleuses (1975) on IMDb
*** Downtown 1975 Downtown (1975) on IMDb
*** Exorcism 1975 Exorcism (1975) on IMDb
* Les gloutonnes 1975 Les gloutonnes (1975) on IMDb
*** The Hot Nights of Linda 1975 The Hot Nights of Linda (1975) on IMDb
* Le jouisseur 1975 Le jouisseur (1975) on IMDb
*** Barbed Wire Dolls 1976 Barbed Wire Dolls (1976) on IMDb
* Les emmerdeuses 1976 Les emmerdeuses (1976) on IMDb
*** Jack the Ripper 1976 Jack the Ripper (1976) on IMDb
* Marquise de Sade 1976 Marquise de Sade (1976) on IMDb
*** The Silence of the Tomb 1976 The Silence of the Tomb (1976) on IMDb
*** Blue Rita 1977 Blue Rita (1977) on IMDb
*** Ilsa, the Wicked Warden 1977 Ilsa, the Wicked Warden (1977) on IMDb
* Kiss Me Killer 1977 Kiss Me Killer (1977) on IMDb
* Love Camp 1977 Love Camp (1977) on IMDb
* Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun 1977 Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1977) on IMDb
* Sexy Sisters 1977 Sexy Sisters (1977) on IMDb
*** Shining Sex 1977 Shining Sex (1977) on IMDb
* Slaves 1977 Slaves (1977) on IMDb
* Voodoo Passion 1977 Voodoo Passion (1977) on IMDb
* Women in Cellblock 9 1978 Women in Cellblock 9 (1978) on IMDb
*** The Sadist of Notre Dame 1979 The Sadist of Notre Dame (1979) on IMDb
** Cannibals 1980 Cannibals (1980) on IMDb
*** Devil Hunter 1980 Devil Hunter (1980) on IMDb
*** Sinfonía erótica 1980 Sinfonía erótica (1980) on IMDb
*** Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties 1980 Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties (1980) on IMDb
*** Bloody Moon 1981 Bloody Moon (1981) on IMDb
** The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle 1982 The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle (1982) on IMDb
** Mansion of the Living Dead 1982 Mansion of the Living Dead (1982) on IMDb
*** Oasis of the Zombies 1982 Oasis of the Zombies (1982) on IMDb
*** Cecilia 1983 Cecilia (1983) on IMDb
*** Cries of Pleasure 1983 Cries of Pleasure (1983) on IMDb
*** Diamonds of Kilimandjaro 1983 Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (1983) on IMDb
** Macumba Sexual 1983 Macumba Sexual (1983) on IMDb
*** Night of Open Sex 1983 Night of Open Sex (1983) on IMDb
*** Revenge in the House of Usher 1983 Revenge in the House of Usher (1983) on IMDb
*** Bahía blanca 1984 Bahía blanca (1984) on IMDb
* Camino solitario 1984 Camino solitario (1984) on IMDb
*** Night Has a Thousand Desires 1984 Night Has a Thousand Desires (1984) on IMDb
** The Sexual Story of O 1984 The Sexual Story of O (1984) on IMDb
* La chica de los labios rojos 1986 La chica de los labios rojos (1986) on IMDb
*** Golden Temple Amazons 1986 Golden Temple Amazons (1986) on IMDb
*** Killer Barbys 1996 Killer Barbys (1996) on IMDb
** Incubus 2002 Incubus (2002) on IMDb
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