Date(s) - Thu. Oct. 15, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Film Noir Cinema

Stephen Thrower

$15 advance / $17 door

Hello everyone –

Back in the spring when we rescheduled our COVID-cancelled events for the fall, we had every hope that things would be under control and we could proceed with in-person events. However this is far from the case, and so Miskatonic will be offering an entirely online program for fall semester 2020, which will be announced in the next few weeks.

However, some of our scheduled instructors (understandably) wish to wait to present their classes to an in-person audience, Stephen Thrower being one of them. So for now, we will be processing refunds for the JESS FRANCO class, and will reschedule for an in-person event as soon as it is safe to do so – and we hope you will join us again then!


During a career spanning more than fifty years, Jesús (‘Jess’) Franco created a strange and unique style of commercial genre filmmaking, bordering at times on the avant-garde. Obsessed with ‘aberrant’ sex, erotic horror and the writings of the Marquis De Sade, he took a resolutely personal approach to movie-making, and after spending the 1960s honing his technique on slightly more conventional projects he embarked in the 1970s on a sustained period of intensive shooting, making as many as ten or twelve films in one year. Shooting with a small crew, exclusively on location, he worked at a speed that allowed little time for the honing of a perfect finished product, instead creating a cinema of spontaneity, improvisation and caprice. Franco valued freedom above all: by combining a rapid-fire series of small-scale commercial film projects, a ‘creative’ approach to finance, and a dedicated passion for the sensational, he was able to carve his own niche and digress into the most extraordinary experimental ellipses. In this evening’s discussion, Stephen Thrower will explore Franco’s ability to juggle the commercial and personal dimensions of filmmaking through his confrontational works of horror, sadism and erotic spectacle.