Jesús Franco
Director,screenwriter,cinematographer,actor
Jesús Franco
Jesús "Jess" Franco is a Spanish film director, writer, cinematographer and actor. His career took off in 1961 with his cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff, which received wide distribution in the United States and England. Though he had some American box office success with Necronomicon (1967), Ninety-Nine Women (1968) and his two Christopher Lee films, The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula, he never achieved wide commercial success.
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El valor de Tío Jess
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
En la última edición de los Goya, entre los seleccionados para la categoría de cortometraje documental, había uno que se titulaba Tío Jess. Es un homenaje sobrio y admirado de dos directores jóvenes, Hugo Stuven y Víctor Matellano, a Jesús Franco, un director hiperprolífico que ha conseguido labrarse una leyenda y crear una obra respetada a base de... ¿de qué? En el corto, en silla de ruedas, fumando sin parar mientras dirige dos películas a la vez y bandea las dificultades que le plantea el reparto, repite una y otra vez que a él su cine la parece una mierda. Una opinión que seguramente compartirá cualquier espectador que mantenga una mínima objetividad no enturbiada por esa admiración esnob que ha conseguido ganarse como autor de culto... diabólico. More...
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Emancipação política de Lasranjeiras: prefeita participa da solenidade - Fax Aju
Google News - over 5 years
Para o jovem Joselito de Jesus Franco, filho do poeta João Sapateiro, Laranjeiras é um grande museu a céu aberto. “Laranjeiras vive e respira cultura, tanto que é considerada como a “Atenas de Sergipe”. Como moradores, temos a obrigação de manter toda
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De geschiedenis van de zombiefilm - FOK!
Google News - over 5 years
In de vroege jaren zeventig zien we diverse bloederige producties van onder meer Mario Bava (Baron Blood - 1972), Jesus Franco (A Virgin Among The Living Dead - 1972) en David Cronenberg (Rabid - 1977) waarin zombies een grote rol spelen
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Le Moine : quand l'église fout les jetons ! - Excessif
Google News - over 5 years
Citons Intérieur D'un Couvent (Walerian Borowczyk, 1978), Love letters from a portuguese nun (Jesus Franco en 1973), Satanico pandemonium (Gilberto Martínez Solares, 1973), ou encore Wet & rope (Koyu Ohara, 1979)
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It's a furnace-like feeling across central, southern states - msnbc.com
Google News - over 5 years
In El Paso, Texas, 67-year-old Jesus Franco was the grateful recipient of a fan from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Franco, who is blind, said that he had a small air conditioning unit installed in his home last week,
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Sexe, vampire, vengeance - Sud Ouest
Google News - over 5 years
Jesus Franco a tourné près de 200 films, dont peu sont à sauver. Pourtant, Franco (qui se fait appeler aussi Jess Franck, Clifford Brow…) a travaillé avec de grands auteurs, notamment Jean-Claude Carrière pour « Cartes sur table » et « Dans les
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高中暑期班僧多粥少 搶破頭 - 世界日報
Google News - over 5 years
學習機會特許學校主管法蘭科(Jesus Franco)說,他很驚訝有這麼多人來。去年第一天註冊時只有40人,所以他原預估27日頂多只會有50到60人。他說:「我想隨著學校經費愈來愈少,暑期班的人數會持續增加。很多學生課業落後,需要補修學分才能如期畢業。
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Police turn away crowd trying to register for Hawthorne summer school - Daily Breeze
Google News - over 5 years
Jesus Franco, area supervisor for Opportunities for Learning Public Charter, said he did not expect hundreds of people to arrive Monday. Last year, only about 40 people signed up on the day summer school registration opened, he said
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Bat program scheduled at park - Brownsville Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Bat specialist Jesus Franco will talk about the species and describe different types of bats. After the presentation, guides will take people on an evening hike through the park. Other programs coming next month in the summer series are “Birds of the
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Dracula contro frankenstein - Paperblog
Google News - over 5 years
Di Jesus Franco. Con Dennis Price, Howard Vernon, Paca Gabaldòn e Alberto Dalbès. SPA-FRA/1972 Premetto che avrei voluto festeggiare l'anniversario del nostro blog in maniera molto diversa, ed aggiungo che la recensione sarà alquanto pressapochista,
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When In Rome: Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi Interviewed - The Quietus
Google News - almost 6 years
I liked the Jess (Jesus) Franco stuff as well, that had some really cool music to it with Bruno Nicolai. Sacco e Vanzetti is an amazing soundtrack, and one I really, really love. Morricone with Joan Baez singing - that was so cool!
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UK TV News: Horror Channel spice up Friday nights with a bit of Jess Franco - Brutal As Hell
Google News - almost 6 years
Jesus Franco, now a physically frail Octogenarian living in Spain, is regarded as one of the world's best exploitation auteur directors and the Horror Channel is dedicating the month of June to showing four of the higher-budgeted Franco films made in
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Transactions for May 8, 2011 - Reading Eagle
Google News - almost 6 years
Franco Miranda and Jesus Franco Miranda to Rafael Sandoval, 150 Hudson St., $3000. Tracy L. Benner to Christina M. Alicea, 202 Hudson St. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Sylvana M. Lopez, 246 Jameson Place, $45500. Timothy L. Price and Triana D
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The DVD Wrapup: The Green Hornet, Mao's Last Dancer, A Somewhat Gentle Man ... - Movie City News
Google News - almost 6 years
For some viewers, that will be reason enough to watch Jesus Franco's movie, I suspect. For the record, the story begins in World War II, when a squadron of Hitler's North Africa Corps is assigned the task of carrying a load of Nazi gold across the
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Nuits rouges du bourreau de Jade (Les) - ÉcranLarge.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Si l'inspiration tient autant de Georges Franju que du Jesus Franco de la bonne époque, l'exécution s'en trouve quelque peu affaiblit par une artificialité qui n'aide pas à s'intéresser aux destins des différents personnages, si ce n'est celui de
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Le doigt dans le bocal - aVoir-aLire
Google News - almost 6 years
De Howard Vernon (hommage à Jesus Franco et à Jean-Claude Biette ?), en vieux papa fétichiste et pathétique, à Jean-Christophe Bouvet (autre Biettien), en flic-bourreau d'une cérémonie sado-maso, en passant par André Schmitt, épatant en patron du
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Ricardo Franco, Film Director, 48
NYTimes - over 18 years
Ricardo Franco, an award-winning film director, died at a hospital here on May 20. He was 48. Officials at the hospital said he died of a heart attack. Mr. Franco's movie ''La Buena Estrella'' (''The Good Star'') won five awards in January at the Goya Prize ceremony, the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars, including those for best film, best director
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jesús Franco
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 82
    Franco suffered a severe stroke on 27 March 2013, and was taken to a hospital in Malaga, Spain, where he died early on the morning of 2 April.
    More Details Hide Details He was 82 years old. Smoking probably contributed greatly to the stroke, as Franco smoked about 3 cartons of cigarettes a week. Fans think he may have died of a broken heart, since he died only a year after losing his wife Lina Romay to cancer. Franco had been working on Revenge of the Alligator Women at the time, which was released posthumously.
  • 2012
    Age 81
    Sadly, Lina Romay died of cancer in 2012, after which Franco died in April, 2013 of natural causes at the age of 82.
    More Details Hide Details Franco sometimes worked under various pseudonyms, including David Khune and Frank Hollmann. A big fan of jazz music (and a musician himself), many of his pseudonyms were taken from famous jazz musicians, such as Clifford Brown and James P. Johnson. Franco's themes often revolved around lesbian vampires, women in prison, surgical horror, sadomasochism, zombies and sexploitation (including several films based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade). He also worked in other exploitation film genres, such as cannibal films, spy films, giallo, crime films, science fiction, jungle adventure, Oriental menace, exorcist films, war movies, historical dramas and nunsploitation. His sex movies often contained long, uninterrupted shots of nude women writhing around on beds. Most of his hardcore films starred his lifelong companion Lina Romay, who admitted in interviews to being an exhibitionist.
  • 1991
    Age 60
    Franco lost many of his colleagues in rapid succession in the 1990s: Klaus Kinski & composer Bruno Nicolai died in 1991; William Berger in 1993; Howard Vernon, Nicole Guettard (Franco's first wife) & producer Karl Heinz Mannchen all in 1996; his composer Daniel J. White followed in 1997, and the producer Marius Lesoeur died in 2003.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1981
    Age 50
    Franco later directed another film for the Lesouers called Oasis of the Zombies (aka Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies on VHS) in 1981, which had a plot very similar to Zombie Lake (also involving revived Nazi zombies).
    More Details Hide Details Franco simultaneously shot a variant version of Oasis of the Zombies (on the producers' dime) starring Lina Romay and his "regulars" which was apparently released only in Spain, under the title La Tumba de los Muertos Vivientes (which may well be lost).
    The Lesoeurs later had Rollin shoot new zombie footage in 1981 to be added to Franco's A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) for its 1981 re-release.
    More Details Hide Details Recently, Franco purists insisted that "Virgin" be released in its former unadulterated form on DVD, as the added Jean Rollin footage greatly slowed down the pace of the film and was really only filler material.
  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 49
    Franco was supposed to write & direct a film for Eurocine Productions in 1980 called Lake of the Living Dead (a horror film about revived Nazi zombies) but after submitting the script, he had a falling out with the producers, Marius and Daniel Lesouer, who immediately hired French horror film director Jean Rollin to direct it (later retitling it Zombie Lake).
    More Details Hide Details Many fans regard this as a Franco film, although Franco only contributed to the script. Rollin later said in interviews he only did the film as a favor for the Lesoeurs, and that if he knew "how bad" the script was, he wouldn't have done it.
    Franco and Romay were partners for 4 decades, and most likely lived together from 1980 on, although they were only officially married on 25 April 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Until her death in 2012 (taken by cancer at age 57), Lina Romay was his most often utilized actress, as well as his life companion, soulmate and muse.
  • 1975
    Age 44
    At the time, Lina was married to a young actor/ photographer named Ramon Ardid, but as she and Franco became more involved in their film projects over the years, her marriage to Ramon fell apart, ending in divorce circa 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Franco was married once before to a Nicole Guettard (their marriage apparently running approximately from 1962 through 1976).Ms. Guettard being gradually replaced in Franco's life by Lina Romay. (Nicole worked as a script consultant on some of Franco's films while they were married, and even acted in a few of his films. Her daughter from an earlier marriage, Caroline Riviere, also acted in a few Franco films in the early 1970s (including Exorcisme and The Perverse Countess).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 39
    Soledad starred in a series of 6 sexy thrillers for Franco, all made within a one-year period (including his cult classic Vampyros Lesbos), after which she was killed in a tragic automobile accident in Portugal in 1970, just as her career was taking off.
    More Details Hide Details A year or two later, a grieving Franco discovered a new leading lady in the person of Lina Romay, and the two went on to live and work together for the next 40 years, churning out literally dozens of often sleazy, very low-budget movies. Although he produced a number of relatively successful horror films in the early 70's (Dracula vs. Frankenstein, The Bare-Breasted Countess, A Virgin Among the Living Dead), many people in the industry considered him a porn director due to the huge number of X-rated adult films he began turning out (even his 70's horror films featured abundant nudity). Franco returned to low-budget horror in a brief comeback period from 1980-1983 (Mondo Cannibale, Bloody Moon, Oasis of the Zombies, Revenge in the House of Usher), but after 1983, his career took a second downturn as he returned to making mostly pornographic films, most of which left nothing to the imagination.
  • 1969
    Age 38
    In 1969-70, Franco made a half-dozen films starring the Spanish beauty Soledad Miranda, and when she was killed in a tragic automobile accident in 1970, he took a 17-year-old actress named Lina Romay under his wing and made her his new star.
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    After discovering the beautiful Soledad Miranda (he first used her in his Count Dracula), Franco moved from Spain to France in 1969 so that he could make more violent and erotic films free of the strict Spanish censorship, and it was at this point that his career began to go downhill commercially as he turned to low-budget filmmaking with an accent on adult material.
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    Though he had some American box office success with Necronomicon (1967), 99 Women (1968) and two 1969 Christopher Lee films — The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula — he never achieved wide commercial success.
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  • 1961
    Age 30
    His career took off in 1961 with his cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff (aka Gritos en la noche), which received wide distribution in the United States and the UK.
    More Details Hide Details Franco wrote and directed Orloff, and even supplied some of the music for the film. In the mid-1960s, he went on to direct two other horror films, then proceeded to turn out a number of James Bond-like spy thrillers and softcore sex films based on the works of the Marquis de Sade (which remained one of his major influences throughout his career).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 29
    In 1960, Franco took Marius Lesoeur & Sergio Newman, 2 producer friends, to a cinema to see the newly released Hammer horror film The Brides of Dracula and the three decided to get into the horror film business.
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  • 1959
    Age 28
    After working on more than 20 films, he decided to get into directing films in 1959, making a few musicals and a crime drama called Red Lips.
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  • 1954
    Age 23
    Franco started out in 1954 (at age 24) as an assistant director in the Spanish film industry, performing many tasks including composing music for some of the films as well as co-writing a number of the screenplays.
    More Details Hide Details He assisted a number of well-known directors such as Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, Leon Klimovsky and Juan Antonio Bardem.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on May 12, 1930.
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