Cathode Love Presents

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018 to Sat, Mar 31st, 2018

Author Matthew Clark presents a three film series of Jean Rollin film.

 

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Cathode Love Presents

Fri, Mar 2nd
Lips of Blood

11:59PM
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Sat, Mar 3rd
Lips of Blood

11:59PM
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Fri, Mar 9th
The Iron Rose

11:59PM
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Sat, Mar 10th
The Iron Rose

11:59PM
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Fri, Mar 30th
Fascination

11:59PM
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Sat, Mar 31st
Fascination

11:59PM
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Fascination

A FILM BY: Jean Rollin
WRITTEN BY: Jean Rollin
STARRING: Franca Maï, Brigitte Lahaie, Jean-Marie Lemaire

Author Matthew Clark presents a three film series of Jean Rollin films.

One of Rollin's most clever and prescient takes on the vampire genre depicts a coven of aristocratic women feeding on blood as "health tonic", whose taste for ox blood can no longer satisfy.  Meeting annually, "outside society", at a private chateau, they await an unsuspecting male victim, when an enterprising thief escapes into the woods to this remote chateau to "escape" danger.  Taking the two innocent chambermaids hostage, a sadistic game of sexual and mental manipulation begins to unfold as he awaits the cover of nightfall to leave the chateau.  Just as the secretive evil is hinted to arrive at the chateau.  FASCINATION employs the dark surrealism of Rollin's work with a role-reversing play on "captive" and "captor", done with pacing that is at times almost transcendent, and, the film contains some of Rollin's most potent, surreal, and dramatic imagery...with a haunting score to match.

In French with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1979
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP

The Iron Rose

A FILM BY: Jean Rollin
WRITTEN BY: Tristan Corbière (poem), Maurice Lemaître (dialogue)
STARRING: Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Natalie Perrey

Author Matthew Clark presents a three film series of Jean Rollin films.

A film whose pervading sense of ennui would make Baudelaire proud.  LA ROSE DE FER is Rollin's most personal work.  A highly rewarding slow-burner that, though certainly macabre, dark and ominous, plays like an allegory of failed love rather than a "horror" film.  Almost entirely self-financed, the film sits in stark contrast to the paid "erotic" work of the period, with its somber, stream-lined decadence, and brooding sense of broken love and deepening dread.  Losing track of time, two young lovers wander through a cemetery before dusk, explore the crypts (perhaps a bit too deeply), and re-emerging to find themselves lost.  All paths covered in darkness, they are forced into ethereal new dynamics, to cope with their shifting madness, questions of possession, and identity.  Perhaps the most personal and poetic statement in Rollin's oeuvre. 

In French with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1973
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 86 mins
Format: DCP

Lips of Blood

A FILM BY: Jean Rollin
WRITTEN BY: Jean-Loup Philippe, Jean Rollin
STARRING: Jean-Loup Philippe, Annie Belle, Natalie Perrey

Author Matthew Clark presents a three film series of Jean Rollin films.

A mysterious photograph of ruins at a perfume launch party triggers an obsession with the strange, angelic girl in white, encountered one night while lost as a boy.  Melancholic, down-beat, and carried on the wings of vampires and serialized mystery films, LIPS OF BLOOD merges Rollin's love of the mystery serial with his signature melancholia and slow-burning visual poetics in this tale of romantic nostalgia and obsession with finding the truth, no matter how strange.  Aainst the conventions of logic, against family secrets, against the "normal", to find the answers in the ruins.  LIPS OF BLOOD blurs the line between the real and the imagined, both past and present.  Increasingly haunted by the ghostly apparition, beckoning him to the ruins, where one of Rollin's most fleshed-out works sees one if his most touching and poetic endings.  A true masterpiece of the "fantastique".

In French with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1975
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 88 mins
Format: DCP

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