Death Whistles the Blues

Directed by Jesús Franco
Music Video Distributors, Inc.
1964
81 Minutes
Spain, France
Spanish
Crime, Classics, Drama
Not Rated
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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.

  • Highest Rating
    "An absolutely classic film noir... As a Franco fan, DEATH WHISTLES THE BLUES will make you immensely happy."
    Gerald Kuklinski, Italo Cinema
  • Highest Rating
    "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)."
    Andrew Pragasam, The Spinning Image
  • Highest Rating
    "Franco displays a strong, assured grasp of the moral ambiguities which give noir its particular flavour."
    Kenneth George Godwin, Cagey Films

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