Join author, writer and freelance critic, Kat Ellinger, for a fascinating peek into the inner workings of the fantastique world of Jean Rollin.
Perfect as a primer for those unfamiliar with Rollin's films and have stumbled into his universe of madness and death for the first time, but equally engaging and insightful to those more au fait with his work, this ARROW Stories Original offers all the context and backstory you could wish for to elevate your appreciation of an oft-maligned filmmaker's work.
Exploring Jean Rollin's early life, family and theories on film, as well as the art and literature that influenced his hyper-specific aesthetic, Ellinger highlights the themes and recurring iconography of a body of work that always favours look and feel above all else and - in his own words - " disturbed classical ideas of what a film should be".
Until recently, misunderstood and robbed or deserved recognition, due to dabbles in hard and softcore sex films, discover more about Rollin's own brand of female filmic vampirism that was the absolute opposite of the generally accepted representation of the time and focussed on sex-positive empowered goddesses as opposed to mindless brides.
The singular figure of Rollin and his utterly unique library of titles, make the perfect subject matter for Ellinger's acumen, resulting in an intelligent and interesting piece that sheds light on a filmmaker ripe for reappraisal. 'A Tale of the French Erotic' is excellent for either pre or post-film viewing.