Thursday, 31 March 2011
JESS THE RIPPER!
By day Dr. Dennis Orloff (Kinski) treats London's paupers at his private clinic. By night he cruises the seedy streets, brothels and cabarets, picks up prostitutes who he later rapes, slashes to ribbons and disposes of in the 'Thames' (actually a canal in Zurich). The Ripper's case is being leiusurely investigated by Inspector Selby, who's more preoccupied with courting a ballet dancer (Josephine Chaplin). Eventually the police (aided by a blind street beggar!) do catch up with the notorious murderer in a very anticlimatic finale.
In Jack the Ripper Franco creates the ultimate outcast. A hero tormented by society's false moral code, leading a solitary existence and periodically venting his frustration by explosions of violence. From Dr. Orloff in his many incarnations to Dr. Flamand in FACELESS, not to forget Mathis Vogel of EXORCISM - this ostracised, violent loner is a stock JF character.
Herbert Fux (MARK OF THE DEVIL) plays a fisherman who discovers that Kinski is the Ripper and foolishly tries to blackmail him. Fux also shared screen with Kinski in Herzog's disturbing VOYZECK. Josephine Chaplin went on to appear in Franco's last big-budget affair, the little talked about DOWNTOWN HEAT/CIUDAD BAJA.