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The Devil Came From Akasava
"Three Groups Are Different After it. But which one
is the most dangerous to us? "
These were years in which Franco and his banda seem always in the midst of a party. Not on a movie set. Parties in which
they have fun, drink a little 'all, doing strange things, and say
strange things. It is not the plot of any movie, but it's the feeling
that we have looking at the large numbers of movies in those early
seventies by the Spanish director. Crispy, fast, fascinating and
And that's what comes to mind especially seeing this crazy film
released in 1971, "The Devil Came From Akasava" An absolute pleasure
that it's already noticeable in
players and is trasmitted to the audience. As say in sports world "team that wins do not change "and Franco and
his loyalists: Soledad Miranda, Ewa Stromberg, Fred Williams, Paul
Muller and Howard Vernon, after "Vampyros Lesbos", "Count Dracula" "
She Killed In Ecstasy " (Not always togheter be said), are in a movie
that Spanish director transform in a fun game and if you want to give
to it a label it's a parody, wonderful, of the spy stories.
From previous masterpiece "Vampyros Lesbos", Franco took even score,
colors and visions. And we, can only fascinanting by this little gem.
We'd love to talk about the history, but it's impossible to make a
summary, because this is a story full of twists and of course, veiled
by a thin eroticism, which has in Soledad Miranda the protagonist.
Events which follow from the earliest to the last minute, shuffling
cards very often. All character betray. The bad can be good to pretend
or for real, or vice versa. A big mess!.
Basically, the central point is a stone that can turn everything into
gold, found in the nation to Akasava. Its powers unleashed the
ambitions of a lot
of people, including the British Secret Service. All converge to
Akasava a place that becomes full of spies, assassins and thieves. On
this structure Franco use the aforementioned soundtrack again, even
surprise effect, enhances the quality of the movie. The the rest is
made from various entr'actes deliberately pushed to comedian excess
whose top is represented, for us, in the figure of the housekeeper
A good job for a very inspired Franco. A Franco, who will never see
like that. This magic aura is at the last stop. Shortly after the end
of the shooting of this movie the fate is cruel with the Queen of
this party and Soledad Miranda (our actress preferred as you well know), dies in an car accident
Her death as we know well apart take away the pleasure of seeing her,
it also changes the way of directing of the Spanish director.
Sadness aside, the beautiful Spanish Strikes Back with her natural beauty tearing applause
scenes of the strip, which for the avoidance of doubt, are very, very soft. Soledad plays one of
many spies that run here in this film and that have fun creating a maze
of events. On his Besides we find once again, the Sweden actress Ewa
Stromberg famous for
these movies of early 70's with Franco and then suddenly disappeared
from the scene.
On the male side, the main role belong to Fred Williams, a kind of James Bond but more poor,
always good-looking that has a remarkable success with all the women he
meets. Williams that we have already seen with Franco in "Count
Dracula", in "She Killed in Ecstasy"and in the Italian's nazisploitation "Le lunghe notti
della Gestapo" and that we will see in other works was a very active
German actor in the seventies. His screen presence is been declining in
the eighties, in favor
also for business in Munich
Another important name of this film is nothing other than Horst Tappert
famous for the TV series "Derrick". There are, as always Paul Muller
and Howard Vernon, and a Franco's cameo as the same, and as the stone
protagonist of this film he has turned this work into gold.
Original Title: Der Teufel kam aus Akasava
Director: Jesus Franco
Country: Germany, Spain
Alternate Titles: El diablo de que wine Akasawa
(Argentina, Spain), Akasava'dan Gelen Seytan -
Seytanin elmasi (Turkey), Aorati apeili, OR
trellos dolofonos Akasava tis (Greece), Huter des
Steines (Germany, script title) The Devil
Came from Akasava (International), A Venus without
name for the Inspector Forrester (Italy)
Starring: Soledad Miranda Ewa Stromberg, Fred Williams,
Howard Vernon, Paul Muller, Horst Tappert
Duration: 84 '
Production Company: Central Cinema Company Film