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What is Franco's best film?


I mean by "best," most polished, well-made film. Personally I think it would be either "Venus In furs" or 'Love Letters of A Portuguese Nun." what are your opinions? Jess Franco has so many films, and alot of them are pretty awful, so it is hard to discover the really good ones in the collection.
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This is his best film.

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I would say Al Otro Lado del Espejo (Spanish version). It does have maybe a couple of continuity errors but what movie doesn't have errors? The most surprising thing about it is that it was made during the low-budget Robert de Nesle period (1971-1973) yet it has such a polish to it thanks to Emma Cohen's presence as well as being co-produced by Jose Maria Forque. The story (which emphasizes drama over horror) is well-written and emotionally powerful.

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Currently I consider his "Eugenie Sex Happening" with Soledad Miranda to be Franco's best film. It might not be the most polished, but it is absolutely fascinating stuff. The father/daughter relationship is among the most bizarre and shocking things i have ever seen in any film. and the snowy, wintertime Germany setting is absolutely beautiful. If you haven't seen this amazing film yet, see it. I think it's one of his more rare titles, but it can be found.

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I have seen Eugenie and I agree, it's definitely up there. I actually found it surprisingly sophisticated and very wistful and melancholy. It's a shame the English dub is such a botched job, the French audio represents the film best. I prefer this Eugenie film over the other one with Christopher Lee (which is still very good but the writing is a bit lacking).

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I vote for Virgin Among the Living Dead minus all the other directors input. It is so beautifully weird and weirdly beautiful, one of my all time favorite melding of music and movie. The scene of Christina following her dad through the woods is one of my all time favorite movie scenes.

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"Virgin Among the Living Dead." That's a title I've heard many times but it's a Franco movie i have yet to see. The amount of movies this guy has made is so vast, i doubt anyone has seen them all. I just watched the trailer though, and it seems to have his signature, dreamy quality that a lot of his better films have. Lucio Fulci's "Zombie" has has that same quality too. youtube has the whole movie, so I'm gonna watch it and let you know how i like that one..

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Realize that Virgin is not a zombie flick per se. It's more of a reaction by Franco to the death of Soledad Miranda. Of all the versions I've seen - I own 3 of them - I find the version recently released on Redemption to be the best.
also, if you own a Roku, watch Bizarre TV. Last night they had Vampire Lesbos on - a nice subtitled German print - and they had Zombie on last week. They really show a nice assortment of euro horror.

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I will watch this with it in mind that it's inspired by the beautiful Soledad Miranda. It adds another dimension to the film. so far all I could locate is an English dubbed version, which doesn't fit with the imagery at all. It is a gorgeous film, but is there a French language print available? As far as Vampyros Lesbos, I do have the German print that you mentioned, and it looks and sounds great. So far though, Franco's "Eugenie: Sex Happening" still remains my personal favorite, and S. Miranda looks even more beautiful in those icy German Winter settings..

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The Redemption DVD version has 1. the Franco version dubbed in English 2. The Franco French version with subtitles 3. The Franco version with audio commentary by Tim Lucas of Video Watchdog 4. The version with all the Zombie footage shot by Jean Rollin which was inserted courtesy of Eurocine which really ruined the movie and gave it such a poor reputation 5. 16minute interview with Franco and other extras. What I really like about the subtitled version is that it doesn't insert the dialogue over the rest of the audio as happens at times in the dubbed version.

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I finally got to see "Virgin Among the Living Dead," and I loved it. I'm a long time Jess Franco fan, but i think I avoided this one because of it's title; i never really liked his gore/splatter stuff, and I assumed this film would be of that category. As it turns out, it's a dreamlike work of art, in the same league with his best films. It's strange too, even for Jess Franco. I can't remember ever seeing a collection of weirder characters in one film..and I have seen some strange movies. I was only able to get the English dub, but it sounded fine; this one is all about the beautiful imagery. And the inserted zombie footage does sound like it would ruin this film, because it has no place here. Thanks for recommending this title!

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"Gritos en a noche" (which in English is "The Awful Dr. Orlof"). Without a doubt. Is the only one in which he looks like a good cinematographer.

The second I like the most is "Dracula". Is one of the most liyeral adaptations of the Stoker's original book. It is partially ruined by Franco's bad cinematography. He's so bad at it.

The others are just crap, including this one.

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