A Swiss-German horror film with Klaus Kinski as the notorious Jack the Ripper. A respected doctor by day, Kinski dismembers London prostitutes by night, until the local Inspector’s girlfriend (Josephine Chaplin) goes undercover to catch him.
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
Only my fourth or fifth Franco, but surprisingly dull I'm sorry to say. Some of the night scenes shot down foggy alleyways, or the potentially moody stuff on the "Thames", or the ace use of architecture (both when Kinski is stalking his victims through the city and in the greenhouse at the end, when he climbs the stairs to try and escape police), these I'll remember; as well as the setpiece of
There are also moments of real character development—the landlady's attempt to connect with Kinski's doctor character or the various scenes and dialogue with the scheming fisherman—but these are just as often canceled out by too many other characters who are flat and unlikable (the police inspector especially). Nice Blu-ray tho.