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    Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco Volume 1: 1959-1974

    Its been mentioned in the random Franco ramblings thread but this is more than worthy of its own thread here. Every Franco fanatic here is probably already aware but Stephen Thrower's long awaited book on Franco will finally be released on November 20th. Well, the first volume that is!



    Spanish filmmaker Jess Franco (aka Jess Franco) directed more than 180 films in a career spanning six decades, making him one of the most prolific directors of all time and winner of a Lifetime Achievement prize at the 2009 Spanish Goya Film Awards. Yet his work frequently met with censorship resistance & was often despised by critics. Franco's taste for the sexy and horrific, his lifelong obsession with the Marquis De Sade and his roving hand-held camera style birthed a whole new strain of outlandish sado-erotica. This looks at the first half of his career.
    Interesting thing, this was originally going to be a FAB Press publication but apparently its now coming out via Strange Attractor. Another thing I'm wondering about is what prompted the decision to split it into two volumes. Notice how this one covers '59 to' 74. I remember hearing Thrower on the Rue Morgue podcast saying he wasn't going to cover the films chronologically but rather start with the 70's and 80's then bounce back and forth between the 60's and the later digital films. Either way, its safe to say that this will probably be the final word when it comes to Franco.

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    Superb. 'Bout time someone wrote the definitive book on Franco. For a while there I was worried I was going to have to do it myself. Which would have been a hassle... Anyway, glad its Thrower doing it and I hope they are both hefty volumes. Oddly I'm pretty sure I already have two books that have that exact frame on the cover.
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    Using that still is almost too obvious a choice, it's overused in a way. At the same time, it is iconic and it does sum up Franco's work quite nicely in one eye-catching, sexy, bloody image.
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    Ok so now this won't be ready until March of next year, here's the official Strange Attractor page:

    http://strangeattractor.co.uk/furthe...rous-passions/
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    I was really looking forward to getting hold of this in the next few days, but it's been delayed until 16th May 2015. Roll on...

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    Got this from Amazon today.

    We’re writing to let you know that the following items have been unexpectedly delayed:

    Stephen Thrower "Murderous Passions : The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco"
    Estimated arrival date: April 29 2015 - May 07 2015

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    Date moved to June

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    Fucking hell.
    Let's just get high and fuck some sluts

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    Aaaaargh!

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    Ok so after being delayed basically every month since the original release date was first announced it seems this is finally going to start shipping out in June. Sneak peak of the special edition:

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