Film
SUCCUBUS
, Dir.
SUCCUBUS

For over 50 years, Spanish filmmaker Jess Franco made his own kind of gonzo cinematic poetry. Prolific beyond belief, no one is quite certain exactly how many films he's made, but he brings a consistently unique voice to all his work, whether it's horror, exploitation or straight up porn. His films definitely aren't for everyone, but if you can ride his wild wavelength of sex, violence, jazz, and subversive black humor, his vast filmography offers seemingly infinite untold treasures. It's hard to zero in on a single favorite, but SUCCUBUS has always stood out for me. It takes us into the half-dream/half-real life of a vivacious sexpot (Janine Reynaud) whose nightclub act depicts sexualized torture on stage. As we follow her through Lisbon and Berlin, through encounters with lesbians, sadists and little people, we begin to see signs that she is carrying her work home with her. Surreal, at times pretentious, but always compelling and new, even Fritz Lang liked this movie - he called it "a beautiful piece of cinema." (Tommy Swenson)

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