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November 29, 2008

Jean Rollin

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --


Jeremy Richey's "Fascination" is a beautiful blog as well as a first-class introduction to the French filmmaker Jean Rollin. Rollin, who did his most memorable work from the '60s through the '80s, is a fascinating case: his pictures bordered on porn and sleaze, yet they were also poetic and art-aware. (There's a lot of Cocteau in his movies.) They're slow, gauche, silly, and pretentious, but many of them also cast a powerful spell. I like Rollin very much -- but Jeremy knows the oeuvre a lot better than I do. So, where titles to start with go, you'd do well to take Jeremy's advice.

By the way: If in 1975 you'd asked the quality film critics if Rollin's movies would last and prove influential -- and, as it turns out, they have -- the know-it-all intellectuals would have called you an idiot. Moral: You can't predict with any kind of certainty which contempo culturethings will prove to have staying power, you just can't. So why fret over the question? Unless it amuses you to do so, of course.

Related: Wikipedia's entry on Rollin is a good one. Here's the Jean Rollin website. Here's a posting I did raving about the semi-similar, inadvertently-brilliant-or-maybe-not, sleaze / art / poetry specialist Jess Franco. Some more arty and sleazy movies.



posted by Michael at November 29, 2008


Thanks so much for the nice words about my Jean Rollin blog, as well as for linking to it. It's been a blast so far putting it together and it's a real work of love for me.
I have added a link to 2BlowHards at Fascination as well as my main site Moon in the Gutter. Thanks again for the nice words and the link...

Posted by: Jeremy on November 29, 2008 2:27 PM

a tangential question about the that really her in which case all kinds of mind boggling questions arise about...entaglements ,,,

Posted by: Ramesh on November 30, 2008 7:52 PM

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