Maria (Lina Romay) is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her sexually abusive father (Jess Franco). Upon her arrival at the prison, she meets the cold-blooded, sadistic wardress (Monica Swinn) and the spineless and equally sadistic Dr. Costa (Paul Müller). Together the two systematically torture and abuse the inmates, including Maria, who organizes a plan to rebel and escape…
Barbed Wire Dolls is one of Jess Franco’s more infamous films. Produced by Swiss exploitation mogul Erwin C. Dietrich, the thinly plotted potboiler allows Franco to wallow in sadism, nudity and sleaze to an almost pathological degree, thus creating an atmosphere of Sadean cruelty. —eccentric-cinema.com
He was only 6 years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War, he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and a easy-read novel writer (under the pseudonym David Khume), he signed on to enter the Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográicas (IIEC), where he was only for two years, while he worked simultaneously as a director and theatre actor. Later, he went to Paris to study directing techniques at the I.D.H.E.C. (University of Sorbonne), where he used to go into seclusion during hours to watch films at the film archive. Back to Spain, he started his huge cinematographic work as a composer, with Cómicos (1954) and El hombre que viajaba despacito (1957), and later worked as an assistant director to Juan Antonio Bardem, León Klimovsky, Luis Saslavsky, Julio Bracho, Fernando Soler and Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent… read more
Well, I humbly admit that this movie was the first opus directed by Jesús Franco that I saw. And it won't be the last because behind the unlikely zooms in and out of the local countryside, the complacent close-ups of the most intimate zones of our friends the women and the bound torture scenes, there are moments of pure cinema in BARBED WIRE DOLLS like the slow-motion (in fact, the actors just play at a slow pace (!)) scene between Maria and her father, the Dogma 95 way to shoot with a hand-held camera or the special effects (Hilarious, really). These are sure clues that Jesús Franco is a true movie lover, if not an auteur, worthy of our respect. Recommended.