The Iron Rose
|La Rose de Fer|
|Directed by||Jean Rollin|
|Produced by||Sam Selsky|
|Written by||Jean Rollin
|Music by||Pierre Raph|
|Edited by||Michel Patient|
|Distributed by||Les Films ABC|
|12 April 1973|
La Rose de Fer (English title: The Iron Rose) is a 1972 film directed by Jean Rollin. 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. They arrive at the entrance of a lonely cemetery and 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.
La Rose de Fer was released 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.