She Kills in Ecstasy and Drives at Dangerously High Speeds: The Death Cult Stardom of Soledad Miranda

Mendik, Xavier (2018) She Kills in Ecstasy and Drives at Dangerously High Speeds: The Death Cult Stardom of Soledad Miranda. In: The Films of Jess Franco. Wayne State University Press, Detroit, pp. 290-314. ISBN 9780814343166

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Abstract

This chapter analyses the legacy of the late Spanish actress Soledad Miranda, who up to her violent death in 1970 was considered as a ‘dark star’ of European popular cinema. She is best remembered for titles such as Eugénie de Sade, She Killed in Ecstasy and Vampyros Lesbos, which paired her with the jazz musician turned director Jesús Franco. In these films, Miranda was cast as either an undead, dying or revenge driven heroine who recounts past transgressions involving sex, violence and retribution.

For an actress whose onscreen career was devoted to the macabre, perhaps such a violent demise, (met speeding along a Lisbon highway in a near identical manner to the finale of her last film) seems inevitable. The article explores how collaborations between Franco and Soledad Miranda function as a bridge between her fictional and the fatal last performances, as well as considering the dead star’s subsequent reception by film critics and online fans.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 23 July 2018
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Xavier Mendik
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 09:47
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 09:47
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9814

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