Christie Levin is one of the most recent discoveries of Jess Franco, you
know, that kinky and prolific ageless wonder out of the Barcelona area, who
has been cranking out films for decades. Some of his works have been very
good. There's, well ... anyway. [Editor's note: while much of Franco's
filmography comprises of underbudgeted shockers & sleaze, he has
directed some quite remarkable & undeservedly relatively obscure
horror films like Vampyros
Lesbos, Miss Muerte/The
Diabolical Dr.Z, Gritos
en la Noche/The
Awful Dr.Orlof, ...] In recent years, his bringing this newcomer to the
screen has been something male fans familiar with her work or her webpage have
been eternally grateful for.
It is not for those easily offended, but the page for this actress and model
is found at http://www.christielevin.com.
Levin was first seen in Franco's Red Silk (1999) a crime comedy rather than one of
his usual horror films. In this flick she had a starring role alongside Franco
regulars such as Lina Romay, Ezequiel Cohen and Paul Lapidus. Her sensuality
oozed from the screen and she quickly developed a fan following. Her role as a
character named Tina, put her into the driver's seat on the road to success in
Franco used her again in Broken Dolls
(1999), another strange piece about
people living on an island which had once been a tourist paradise but had seen
far more glamourous days. Again, Levin found herself alongside Franco regulars
such as Cohen, in this piece with featured loads of black comedy, madness,
perversion and all the trademarks of this director's style.
Levin again emerged in Snakewoman
(2005), by now establishing herself as a regular
with this clique of actors under Franco's directorship. This film also marked
a throwback to the more horrific scripts for which he was known and enabled
the new discovery to shine once more.
In late 2005, she has reportedly begun work on yet another Franco piece.
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No longer strictly an item in Spain, Levin has found international press
through her webpage and links around the world. Her films have also found
distribution thanks to an American company which has expanded her reputation.
Outside Europe, there are many who deplore Jess Franco's works, but others
who love them and have enabled him to acheive cult hero status. Levin now
rides the coattails of this director and has been heralded as his greatest
discovery since Lina, long before.
A series of web interviews and a particularly erotic session of questions and
answers in a popular US fanzine (not online) titled Batteries not Included,
gained her even more fans in the past year or so. In this particular fanzine
interview, she indicated quite boldly that she was part of the changing pace
of Spain. Sexually liberated, morally unrestrained and erotic, one wonders if
she was really acting in some of her roles on screen or simply portraying an
extension of her own personality.
Like her mentor Jess Franco, who deplored the rule of Francisco Franco (that
other Franco) and the censorship that was elevated in his reign,
Levin pulls no punches about sex, censorship or creativity.
It will be curious to see where she goes from here ...