Terrible news for the world of cinéma fantastique today: director Jean Rollin has passed away after a long illness at the age of 72.
|Image via Fascination: the Jean Rollin Experience|
I've been a fan of Rollin's since first viewing his excellent, phantasmagorical, vampiric fairy tale Requiem for a Vampire, and since then have watched and enjoyed many of his films. Rollin was a director with an unbelievable talent for imagery, and a nearly faultless eye for beauty--in composition, colors, shadows, light, and story. He was an artist who developed his own cinematic language, and whose best films I count among the most gorgeous ever made by any director in any genre. He was also a tireless creator, continuing to make his own unique brand of cinema right up to the end. His death is a tremendous loss, not only to the horror and fantastique genres, but to world cinema as a whole.
|Living Dead Girl (1982)|
|Shiver of the Vampires (1971) [image via Fascination]|
|Lips of Blood (1974) [image via Fascination]|
|The Grapes of Death (1978)|
Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies sends out our heartfelt condolences to Jean Rollin's family, friends, and fans. He will be missed. His legacy will live on.
For more info on Rollin's life, work, and legacy, visit Jeremy Richey's excellent blog Fascination: The Jean Rollin Experience--in my opinion, the best resource for Rollin fans and scholars on the web.
RIP, Jean, and thank you for all you gave.
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