Fascination: The Celluloid Dreams Of Jean Rollin

Fascination: The Celluloid Dreams Of Jean Rollin

by David Hinds


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May 1968. Parisian streets are awash with violence and public unrest. In a small cinema, a surreal vampire film causes a riot: The audience smashes up the auditorium, tear out the seats, and chase the film's director onto the street with violent intent. This is the premiere screening of Jean Rollin's feature debut, The Rape of the Vampire.

An outsider of French cinema, Rollin's films are unique and dreamlike. They offer tales of mystery and nostalgia -- of lost love, childhood, obsolescence and seductive female vampires with a thirst for blood and sex. Rollin made strange, evocative and deeply personal horror films. But he was also at the heart of the French pornographic revolution after the abolishment of censorship, and discovered porn queen Brigitte Lahaie, later to star in many of his films.

Funding his own projects, Rollin defiantly made the films he wanted make and in so doing created a fantastique genre unlike any other. Films like The Nude Vampire, The Living Dead Girl, Fascination and The Grapes of Death are now celebrated as the work of an auteur, one who confounds preconceived notions of what constitutes 'Eurotrash' cinema.

This book is the first of its kind in the English language. It is devoted to the director and all his films, across all genres. Written with full co-operation from Jean Rollin, shortly before his death in 2010, it contains exclusive interviews and archive material.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909394230
Publisher: Headpress
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

A late child of the video nasty generation, David Hinds is a lifelong cult movie and exploitation film addict. He is an independent filmmaker and directed the feature films ‘The House On Cuckoo Lane’ and ‘This Changed Earth’. He is also the creator of the industrial music group Deathtripping.

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Jean Michel Rollin le Gentil was born on November 3, 1938 in Paris, France. His parents were separated and Rollin lived with his mother. His father was a theatre actor and director, who worked on Baudelaire classics and avant-garde productions. Rollin would frequently attend his father

Table of Contents



Orchestrator of Storms

Personal Visions

Visual Obsessions

The Art of Creation

Black Widows, Femme Fatales and Male Fools

The Literary Fantastique


The Films of Jean Rollin

Also Known As: The Pseudonymous Films

Sexual Vibrations: The Hardcore Years

Short Films and Unfinished Projects


Interview with Jean Rollin

Interview with Lionel Wallmann



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