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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Monroe View Post
    What do you Franco fans think of LUCKY THE INSCRUTABLE? I love EUGENIE...but this film is by far the most fun film of his I've seen. A very light hearted and silly eurospy parody. The word balloons and general pop art feeling make this one that could have been included in that recent article in Video Watchdog on Continental Op (or was it mentioned and I've forgotten?). It's a shame this one isn't available on a nice widescreen dvd. The sequence where they are chasing Beba Loncar across the rooftops while Bruno Nicolai's "Spy Chase" tune plays is everything I love about eurocult. Beba isn't in the film long enough for my tastes but she has a very funny parting line. Rosalba Neri also has a memorable role....yummy. The entire Nicolai score is wonderful btw.
    I didn't know LUCKY THE INSCRUTABLE had been released.

    Where did you find it?


    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard--W View Post
    I didn't know LUCKY THE INSCRUTABLE had been released.

    Where did you find it?


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    It hasn't been released unfortunately. I have a pan and scan copy from a trade. As I said above, I wish someone would release a nice widescreen dvd.

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    I think I found it, thanks.

    So what do Francophiliacs think of LA FILLE DE DRACULA (1972)?
    I gather is not widely seen nor popular among the fans?

    Sinister Cinema sells it on DVD-R as Daughter of Dracula. I just bought the Rendemption / U.K. edition and looking forward to seeing what Franco does with girl. I assume they are the same film and not different versions.


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    The Redemption UK DVD is apparently identical to the X-Rated release, Richard.

    I like the film, to be honest. It's got that obsession with family that some of Franco's best movies of this period show (eg, VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD, EUGENIE DE SADE, LORNA THE EXORCIST and THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR). It's not particularly well-paced though, I don't think: the narrative stops and starts and sometimes crunches along. However, it's definitely worth watching at least once.
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    Guess I bought the right one, then.

    Which Franco film is well-paced?

    Where did you get The Other Side of the Mirror? I've been looking all over for that DVD . Next payday I'll be buying several Spanish DVDs of Franco films that haven't been released here. The Other Side of the Mirror is not among them, that I can find. It sounds like one of his most interesting films.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard--W View Post
    Which Franco film is well-paced?
    Good point. However, with some of the films the off-kilter pacing works better than with others; I guess, with some it seems more organic than with some of the others. With Franco movies, it's arguably all alchemy though - which is the pleasure of his films, I'd argue.
    Where did you get The Other Side of the Mirror? I've been looking all over for that DVD . Next payday I'll be buying several Spanish DVDs of Franco films that haven't been released here. The Other Side of the Mirror is not among them, that I can find. It sounds like one of his most interesting films.
    It's not had an official DVD release yet, Richard. It's one of the hard-to-find De Nesle pictures. Perhaps Mondo Macabro will add it to their roster at some point. It would be nice if they did.
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    Redemption U.K. offers the 103-minute directors cut of Die Nonnen von Clichy: Le Demons:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Demons-D...=2QZRWQNUDQ6XG

    From the reviews, it appears that Franco probably edited this version for DVD himself. My question is, how does it compare in quality and presentation to the second disc in X-Rated Cult's box-set? I've been trying to find that at a sane price. It is out of print and unavailable on their website. Does anyone know of a good source? I really want to buy this film (today, if possible) and will appreciate any suggestions.

    Richard

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    It's from the same source, I think, Richard. The X-Rated also contains a longer -but not English-friendly -cut of the movie, which is worth watching even if you don't understand the lingo.
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    Thanks, Paul. I picked up Redemption's 2011 pressing of Die Nonnen von Clichy: Le Demones, the 103 minute Director Cut. But I'm still keeping an eye open for the X-Rated Kult box-set.

    Found a number of unreleased Franco films at European Trash Cinema, in case anyone is interested. Except for the nun box, that pretty much brings an end to my Franco hunt. Now it's a matter of watching.

    Richard

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    I can see why MACUMBA SEXUAL is considered Franco's best film from this period. I really liked the dreamy feeling this one has, and the photography is stunning - lone figures wandering across miles and miles of desert... seriously, anyone who thinks all Franco films have bad camerawork needs to see this. It's basically a loose reworking of VAMPYROS LESBOS, doesn't have the killer music that one did but Lina Romay gives an amazingly brave performance and the ending is unforgettable. It's also the first film I've seen Ajita Wilson in where she struck me as the only person who could have played the role. Great stuff and I'm just sorry I waited so long to watch it.

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