Wednesday, August 2, 2017
ART DECADES is now available on Amazon. This issue features a near 40 page tribute to Jean Rollin which includes a brand new interview with Francoise Pascal, the star of THE IRON ROSE! The tribute also contains interviews with several contributors of the upcoming book on Rollin, LOST GIRLS, including Samm Deighan, Michelle Alexander, Virginie Selavy and Marcelline Block. Thanks to all who order and can help us spread the word about this special Rollin themed issue and viva independent print media!
Thursday, June 29, 2017
getting to interview the amazing Françoise Pascal, the star of my favorite Rollin film The Iron Rose, for Fascination: The Jean Rollin Experience just over 7 years ago so I am very excited to announce that I recently had the chance to interview Françoise again for a follow-up chat for my print only publication Art Decades. This new interview with Françoise focuses on a number of topics including her thoughts seeing Rollin for a final time, more on The Iron Rose, her autobiography, recent work, future plans and more. This 13th issue of Art Decades also includes an exclusive sneak preview of Spectacular Optical's book on Rollin Lost Girls featuring a number of contributor interviews and an excerpt. The issue will be available to order via Amazon and eBay in July and I will be unveiling our special Francoise Pascal cover here very soon. In the meantime, head over to Francoise's official site for more information on her and her remarkable career.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
When I first started work on my book about Sylvia Kristel last year one of my main dreams was to interview the legendary Oscar winning composer Francis Lai about his memories of working with Sylvia on his mind-blowing EMMANUELLE 2 soundtrack, so I am bubbling over with euphoria because this dream has become a reality. My extremely valued ART DECADES contributor Marcelline Block has conducted a lengthy phone interview with Francis about his memories of recording that landmark soundtrack, his time with Sylvia in the studio and at Cannes. To my knowledge this is the first time Francis has discussed in detail his memories of working with Sylvia on one of the most mesmerizing theme songs of the seventies. This interview would not have been possible without the incredibly gracious Mr. Lai and his unbelievably kind wife Dagmar and, of course, Marcelline.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The incredible Roger Moore has sadly passed away at the age of 89. Sir Roger George Moore was one of the most charming, charismatic and talented actors of the past fifty years and he excelled in an astonishing range of genres from action to comedy to drama. He appeared in nearly 100 films and television shows throughout a career that stretched from the mid-forties all the way up to the present. My very best to his family and friends. He was a truly unforgettable actor and human being.
Monday, May 15, 2017
I recently had the honor of being interviewed by editor, film historian and writer Marcelline Block about the career and films of Jean Rollin and that chat can now be read over at Electric Sheep.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Longtime readers here will know that one of the films that I am most passionate about is Richard Loncraine's stunning 1977 masterpiece Full Circle (The Haunting of Julia). While this mesmerizing work is still unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray fans are becoming more and more vocal about their love for it and some exciting things are happening. There is a very active Facebook page dedicated to the film where you can keep up with news about it and see lots of vintage material. There is also an upcoming article about the making of the film by Simon Fitzjohn in the upcoming issue of The Dark Side. Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Fitzjohn has started a Full Circle Fan Channel on YouTube which I invite everyone to subscribe to and follow. Two videos have been posted so far with more to come Fingers crossed that this all leads to one of the great films of the seventies finally getting the special edition home video release it has so long deserved!
Monday, May 1, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The Indiegogo campaign for Spectacular Optical's upcoming book Lost Girls: The Cinema of Jean Rollin is now live and taking donations. Head over to the campaign to see samples from the book and read about the exciting 'perks' that are being offered to contributors. Be sure to donate if you can and please help spread the word via social media and your own sites. Here is a preview of the book, featuring editor Samm Deighan, that Spectacular Optical have just released.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Among the most welcome reissue announcements this year is that Arrow Films will be releasing Mike Figgis' incredible Stormy Monday as a special edition Blu-ray here in the United States and Britain! One of the eighties most evocative and original works, Stormy Monday has been in long need of a reappraisal and this new Arrow release looks incredible. From the press release the disc's contents include:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original stereo audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray Disc)
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary with Mike Figgis, moderated by critic Damon Wise
• New video appreciation by critic Neil Young, and a “then and now” tour of the film’s Newcastle locations
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacey
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing by critic Mark Cunliffe
More information can be found at Arrow's US and UK sites and please follow along at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well.
-Jeremy Richey, 2017-