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Jess Franco VS the fascist censors

Jess Franco VS the fascist censors by Maria J. Pérez Cuervo  The cult horror director who once was described by the Vatican as “the most dangerous film-maker alive” passed away in April at the age of 82 in Málaga, Spain. Affectionately known as Tío Jess (“Uncle Jess”) among his fans, Jess Franco was one of the most prolific directors of all time (the exact number of his films, around 200, is the subject of much debate), adopting several pseudonymes to avoid, in his own words, being hated by his  colleagues.  His films, a concoction of horror, fantasy, eroticism and the surreal, were at the same time the subject of controversy and international censorship and the focus of an important cult following, with Quentin Tarantino citing them as a huge influence. Franco is best known for the films he made with British producer Harry Alan Towers and Christopher Lee and for those that featured the infamous mad scientist Doctor Orloff. Along with Paul Naschy, the Lon Chaney of Spain, who died in 2009, Jess Franco was …