Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Jean Rollin Retrospective + Cinema's Sapphic Vampires at the Quad October 18 - November 1

This October the Quad salutes the lurid eroticism of Jean Rollin with a retrospective including Fascination, Requiem for a Vampire, and Lips of Blood

Plus a survey of sapphic vampire films indebted to Rollin's aesthetic with titles including The Hunger, Lust for a Vampire, Daughters of Darkness and more!

Très Outré: The Sinister Visions of Jean Rollin

October 18 – 23
French film history has more than its share of mavericks, but it has a special place for those few who worked in the realm of le cinéma fantastique. While Jean Cocteau and Georges Franju defined and dominated this realm, their poetics never fully succumbed to the horror genre’s call of the wild—and it fell to Jean Rollin, their rightful but underrecognized heir, to take the next step with his dark, oneiric oeuvre. Women were at the center of Rollin’s cinematic universe, anchoring deliriously gothic scenarios of lust and bloodlust couched in a lush and disturbing visual style. At a time when French censorship was easing, the director had free rein to work through his sex-and-death obsessions with unprecedented explicitness, imbuing his images with a gorgeous eroticism that can lull—at least until teeth are bared, whether metaphorically or literally. His dreamlike, seductive visuals and haunting tableaux have surely influenced subsequent filmmakers who favor horror that’s as serious as it is sensual. Just in time for Halloween, the Quad showcases a dozen of Rollin’s unique excursions into the surreal and uncanny; we will also be screening, in an accompanying series this month, movies that share and acknowledge his aesthetic.

The Demoniacs
Jean Rollin, 1974, France/Belgium, 77m, DCP

Jean Rollin, 1979, France, 80m, DCP

The Grapes of Death
Jean Rollin, 1978, France, 85m, DCP

The Iron Rose
Jean Rollin, 1973, France, 86m, DCP

Lips of Blood
Jean Rollin, 1975, France, 88m, DCP

The Living Dead Girl
Jean Rollin, 1982, France, 86m, DCP

The Night of the Hunted
Jean Rollin, 1980, France, 87m, DCP

The Nude Vampire
Jean Rollin, 1970, France, 90m, DCP

The Rape of the Vampire
Jean Rollin, 1968, France, 95m, DCP

Requiem for a Vampire
Jean Rollin, 1971, France, 95m, DCP

The Shiver of the Vampires
Jean Rollin, 1971, France, 95m, DCP

A Woman’s Bite: Cinema’s Sapphic Vampires

October 26 – November 1
The Quad’s Jean Rollin Halloween parade is complemented with a bonus bevy of badass female vampires. Although the titillating concept of lady bloodsuckers had long captured the imagination of authors, it took the movies a couple of decades to catch on to what should have been an early-and-often component of the horror genre; in the U.S., female vampires were generally relegated to subsidiary appearances (if at all) in support of male overlords. It fell to European helmers to finally recognize the storytelling potential—and scour the historical and literary archives—for women driving their own narratives as princesses of darkness. And since male vampires had preyed on their share of male victims onscreen it stood to reason that same-sex distaff encounters would be exponentially more compelling. Quickly making up for lost time, throughout the 1970s and beyond genre moviemakers exploited both prurient and suspenseful dramatic interest in just how these lesbian couplings would play out. The resultant films showcased actresses on both sides of the vamp/prey divide, fascinating audiences of all genders and sexual orientations—and in the process became landmark depictions of sapphic desire and sexuality onscreen.

Blood and Roses
Roger Vadim, 1960, France/Italy, 87m, 35mm

The Blood-Spattered Bride
Vicente Aranda, 1972, Spain, 100m, 35mm

Daughters of Darkness
Harry Kümel, 1971, Belgium/France/West Germany, 87m, 35mm

Dracula’s Daughter
Lambert Hillyer, 1936, U.S., 71m, DCP

The Hunger
Tony Scott, 1983, UK/U.S., 97m, DCP

Lust for a Vampire
Jimmy Sangster, 1971, UK, 95m, 35mm (original UK version)

Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary
Juan López Moctezuma, 1975, Mexico, 101m, 35mm

Michael Almereyda, 1994, U.S., 93m, 35mm

Vampire Ecstasy
Joseph W. Sarno, 1973, Sweden/Switzerland/West Germany, 103m, DCP

The Vampire Lovers
Roy Ward Baker, 1970, UK/U.S., 91m, 35mm

Joseph Larraz, 1974, UK/Spain, 87m, 35mm

Vampyros Lesbos
Franco Manera (Jess Franco), 1971, West Germany/Spain, 89m, 4K DCP

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