Before entering the business José Ramón Larraz Gil also known as Joseph Braunstein, Joseph L. Bronstein, Jos L. Gil, J.R. Larrath, J.R. Larrath, Joseph Larraz, Jos R. Larraz, Jos Larraz, J.R. Lazzar, Remo Odevaine had worked as a comic strip artist and a photographer, both of which had an important influence on the way he made films. Born in Barcelona in 1929, Larraz moved to England, via Paris, in the last sixties. Hes a self confessed anglophile. One of the things he likes most about England is the wooded countryside, with its atmosphere of dank mystery. Larraz’s films are filled with shots of eerie, inspiring sunsets, woods and Neo-Gothic buildings. His England is a place with a life of its own.
Its not Arcadian like Michael Powells A Canterbury Tale (1944), or apocalyptic like Jorge Graus Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti (1968). It has elements of both. In Larraz’s films the architecture and scenery are often more important than any of the main characters. He makes… read more