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Raven De La Croix

Si nous aimons rire d'un certain cinéma déviant, nous sommes très loin de mépriser les hommes et les femmes qui s'y sont impliqués ou compromis. Il nous a ainsi paru enrichissant de faire raconter le nanar et son univers par les gens qui l'ont vécu de l'intérieur. La diversité des intervenants et de leurs réponses nous a rendu encore plus proches du cinéma que nous aimons : vous découvrirez, au fil des entretiens que ces différentes vedettes ont bien voulu nous accorder, des informations précieuses pour le cinéphile et le cinéphage, des anecdotes cocasses et, en esquisse, le portrait attachant de personnages souvent hauts en couleur.
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"Up!" seems to have been a very hard work for you, Russ Meyer being quite "tyrannical". Would you do it again if it was to be done?

Being oldest of eight children from Bronx New York ... I was used to hard work and being of athletic interests ... I enjoyed the action and the stunts and the invaluable learning of film making from many different perspectives. This proved priceless in later years with other projects with my ability to apply what I learned all along. Russ WAS verrry tyrannical but I "got it" from the beginning and identified with his attachment to his army buddies and so would "salute" him after each scene with "What's the next shot, Chief?" and would get everything he asked for within one to three takes. (Meanwhile you know it all depends on the marriage of energies between all players and tech crew at the same time to get the shot. Not to mention Russ was a perfectionist with his own standards. Of course it is too late to ever work with Russ again this lifetime but if that weren't so ... I would have think about it because one of the original reasons I accepted his film in the first place (although my film turns out to be one that is popular amongst certain people rather than a wide appeal – and I can easily see why). I believe he compromised when it came to "UP".

He diverted from his earlier voyeurism genre of capturing a glimpse of a female beauty unawares (Immoral Mr. Tee's) and women who wouldn't be victims (erotic action film) but perpetrators instead. (which mixed up the minds of feminists).
I think he listened to a few 'secret friends' when it came to scripts and argued miserably with the feminists and tried to provide images to please the arenas that were demanding some.

Like the 'hard core' industry was slamming him for being so 'tame' and the feminists were slamming him for the 'naked women' and the "main stream' was shocked at anything he did ... so in a world where he had to be strongest holding his OWN art ... he compromised and never recovered.
Unfortunate because it was obvious in his earlier films that he crossed a barrier and opened a new arena for this kind of Art which showed itself in Benny Hills genius and certain other cult films, including the present time Bill Winckler. If it were the original RM formula made today ... with all us gals together? Sure!
But realistically ... we have a few great comedy movie makers and Bill Winckler is certainly exploring a much needed genre for fun and relief and is busily 'shipping product on demand' in places around the world! He is here to put the "grins" back on our faces in fun of ourselves in a healthy way. The "Hahahhaha" is back with spoofy sexy sillies! Ya hoo! Like the male spoof of "The Vagina Monologues"

"Up!" and "The lost empire" being two cult movies, was it difficult to work (and live) after having played in such major pieces?

"UP!" &"Lost Empire" are two comic book cult movies and there are a few more but currently they are the two most popular so far.
Add to it "Six Days in Roswell" &"The Elastic Zenith" ...
In Hollywood it seems every one is in the business and what determines your longevity in the long run is how open your heart is and how lovely you treat the people and how much gratitude you have for your successes and talent. Here it is up to the individual how they 'react' or 'respond' to the people. I find most people are needy themselves ... even the actors and known Celebrities ... when they "emanate" instead of "suck" ...

it is a glorious thing because it's like taking a few fish or loaves of bread and astoundingly find there is enough for all to enjoy and be nourished. "Fame" is in ones head ... for Kennedy Jr. was a true celebrity who rolled up his sleeves with his fellow man ...

as did Princess Diana. I tend to flow with that style of famous hood. TO be WITH the people and with oneself simultaneously. It's a job that is a privilege, but it carries its foibles if one isn't well grounded. I find it difficult to find male producers and male film writers to understand woman enough to write challenging positive roles for women beyond the pure fantasy or stereo-type ... Oh yes ... they make the women strong and killers etc ... but not strong AS WOMEN with their true powers unfurling (very often ...)
I'd better start writing soon! {Giggle}

William Winckler is about to realize a sequel of "The Double-D Avenger", in which you will play the lead part. Can you tell us a little more about it?

I read the script and was howling ... (knowing now Bill's style) ... I have two lead parts in this one! And Mikee, my husband, plays my side-kick in my second lead. Kitten is doing another film and Haji moved to New York to do something and so are not included in the sequel.

For the first "PART" I continue to play the Double D Avenger's side kick of Doctorly info ... and the second character is an Elvira type who turns out to be Dr. De La Croix's evil half sister : ) And Mikee plays her side kick BORIS. Eddie of the Munsters, will be playing a Werewolf also! Funny Stuff!
It seems that The Double D Avenger is continuing to help fight crime in her city and this time a funny 70's type Royal pimp has a plot of extortion and has his four Ho's injected with a secret serum that upon $soliciting$ the men

changes targeted politicians into horny howler werewolves! They got the hairy serum from Gertrude (my evil counterpart) and Doc De La Croix has to come up with a remedy quick! The Double D is busy rounding up crooks in hilarious ways ... never a dull moment!
"I've had many careers, and each one has expressed a different part of me."...

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