Death Whistles the Blues
Directed by Jesús Franco
Following his international breakthrough with THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF, director Jesús Franco delivered a startling crime thriller that pistol-whipped European notions of film noir while lighting the fuse on Uncle Jess' own insane aesthetic. Set in New Orleans and based on a novel by the authors of VERTIGO, DEATH WHISTLES THE BLUES is a hard-boiled tale of betrayal, violence and revenge featuring smoky jazz compositions by Franco himself. The film - which led an impressed Orson Welles to hire Franco as his assistant on CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT - now features an HD scan from the original negative for the first time ever.
- Conrado San Martín
- Danik Patisson
- Perla Cristal
- "An absolutely classic film noir... As a Franco fan, DEATH WHISTLES THE BLUES will make you immensely happy."
- "A screening of Death Whistles the Blues for Orson Welles landed infamous trash auteur Jess Franco a job directing second-unit on Chimes At Midnight (1966). Little wonder since Franco's playfully convoluted Spanish language thriller plays like a loving pastiche of exactly the kind of jazzy, free-form film noir Welles used to dash off between more 'serious' projects, especially The Lady from Shanghai (1948)."
- "Franco displays a strong, assured grasp of the moral ambiguities which give noir its particular flavour."