Saturday, December 18, 2010

R.I.P. Blake Edwards & Jean Rollin

Blake Edwards, director of the Pink Panther movies and Breakfast at Tiffany's, a true comic genius. He was 88. New York Times obit.

Jean Rollin, who isn't as widely known as Edwards, but nevertheless carved his own unique niche in the world of horror films. The French auteur, who died at 77, made a bunch of haunting, surreal vampire movies in the '70s which were recognised for their mix of dream-like imagery, eroticism and trance-like qualities. One of my favourite experiences at the old retro Incredibly Strange Film Festival was being completely spellbound by Rollin's Shiver of the Vampires (trailer below). Unfortunately none of his films are available from any of our local distributors - a situation which will hopefully be rectified in the future.

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