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-MAKING A JESS FRANCO MOVIE-
VIDEO VERITÉ DOCUMENTING
IN MALAGA, SPAIN IN THE YEAR 2000
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excerpts of the "Antena Criminal" liner notes by film historian Pete
Tombs of Mondo Macabro:
Brian’s camera is unrelenting in its search for the truth behind the Franco legend. He goes where few have gone before and casts great light on the reality of micro budget movie making. That in itself is fascinating enough. But the amazing thing is that still, even after this intimate, warts and all portrait, the mystique and the mystery of Franco remain. He is truly an enigma. Surely no-one will ever be able to explain or sum him up. To do that you would have to live inside his head. That’s a luxury none of us will ever have, but Antena Criminal brings us very close to it.
Look at Antena Criminal as not just a ‘how the movie was made’ documentary as
it really is more than that. Yes, it’s cool to see Franco running around with
a gun that he needs to use as a prop and it’s neat to see the cast and crew having
drinks in front of a bondage set piece but the real heart of the film lies not
in documenting the sets and performers but in giving us a chance to see man essentially
feeding his addiction through his art. On that level, it’s a unique and truly
interesting movie. Yes, like its subject it was shot with a very low budget but
that’s only appropriate and it doesn’t stop the camera from capturing some interesting
and intimate moments or from revealing a side of Franco that doesn’t come to light
between late January and early February, 2000, during the beginning days of primary
shooting for Spanish director Jess Franco’s 176th movie, “Blind Target”, by Brian
Horrorwitz, this is only the second time in a career that spans over fifty years
that Franco has allowed an outside individual to document his film making process.
This behind-the-scenes documentary offers up a rare glimpse into the inspiration,
techniques, pitfalls, and occasional flaring tempers behind low budget film making
and shouldn’t be missed by any European movie buffs or Franco fans in attendance.
Criminal is as hallucinatory, as mind- boggling, daring, and adventurous a trip
into psychedelic cinema much that like the work of its subject, legendary trash
auteur Jess Franco. In years to come, it may remain as the only cinematic representation
of how this director really works.
... I enjoyed Antena Criminal as an unblinking look at filmmaking on a shoestring,
and I recommend YOU buy it!
See what blogmeister Douglas Waltz at Divine Exploitation has to say! Could he be even more Franco-obsessed then Horrorwitz? Maybe!
If you're Franco-curious, a Franco completist,
or a Jess Franco skeptic this documentary may make you reconsider
As Jess struggles to assemble his limited cast
and crew, in hot hotel rooms and difficult locations the film gives
a unique insight into the world of low budget movie making which
is unrivalled in anything, at least, I have seen so far.
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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SCREENING "ANTENA CRIMINAL" FOR YOUR FILM FESTIVAL OR CONVENTION PLEASE EMAIL ME AT Brian@trashpalace.com
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