|La Rose de Fer
|Les Films ABC
|12 April 1973
La Rose de Fer (English: The Iron Rose) is a 1973 horror drama film directed by Jean Rollin. It stars Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Nathalie Perrey, Mireille Dargent and Michel Dalessalle. It was his first film not to feature vampires, a theme for which he was best known, but it still features all the dream-like qualities associated with his films.
A young woman and man meet at a wedding reception and arrange a date. They meet at a railway station and go for a picnic and bike ride. While cycling, they see the entrance of a lonely cemetery and decide to go inside.
Once inside the huge cemetery, the woman becomes anxious. The man calms her and persuades her to enter a crypt with him. A strange man watches the couple. The man and the woman make love in the crypt. A clown places some flowers on a nearby grave and leaves. An old woman closes the cemetery gates.
When the couple finally exit the crypt, night has fallen and they cannot find their way out. They begin to panic. They discover a small building; inside are several child-sized coffins holding small skeletons. The woman becomes moody and exhibits bizarre behavior and personality changes. She locks her lover in the crypt and he suffocates. Dawn finds the woman dancing around the cemetery, and later entering the crypt herself. The old woman reopens the cemetery gates. Finding the crypt closed, she puts flowers on top of it.
The Iron Rose was released 12 April 1973 by Les Films ABC.
In an interview with Françoise Pascal for the 50th anniversary of the film in Rue Morgue (magazine), the actress said she "researched in asylums in London...who or what could drive someone mad" and through studying the asylum patients she learned "most of them were in a trance, lost in their own mind and soul." She said the most challenging moment in the film was "making love on real human bones" and her favorite moment in the film was "dancing in between the graves." The director Jean Rollin considered The Iron Rose his own personal favorite of his films, however, it was dismissed by audiences and critics when it was first released in 1973. The film writer Mark Lager said it "still casts a spell upon horrorphiles because of the ghostly graveyard and the haunting performance from Françoise Pascal. It is arguably the spookiest and subtlest film of Rollin’s career."
La Rose de Fer was released on DVD in its original aspect ratio of 1.62:1 on 20 January 2005 in Europe by X-Rated Kult DVD, in the UK on 28 March 2005 by Redemption Films and in the US on 25 September 2007 by Redemption.
It was released on Blu-ray on 24 January 2012 by Kino Lorber/Redemption in a newly restored HD remaster in an aspect ratio of 1.67:1, containing an English dubbed version and the original French audio, both in LPMC 2.0, with the inclusion of optional English subtitles. Special features on the set included trailers, interviews with Pascal and Perrey, and a booklet essay by Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas.
In 2017, it was announced that The Iron Rose will be released on Blu-ray in the United Kingdom by Screenbound Pictures subsidiary Black House on 16 November 2017; it will be the first Rollin film available in the UK in that format.
- "Exclusive Interview: Françoise Pascal on the 50th Anniversary of Jean Rollin's "La Rose de Fer (The Iron Rose)"". ruemorgue.com. November 3, 2023.
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