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"Jess Franco used the alias "James P. Johnson" on some of his most modernistic Eurociné films of the early 1970s, including the classic FEMALE VAMPIRE and the lesser-known EROTIC NIGHTS."

Eurociné is a French film production and distribution company of b films, best known for its collaborations with Spanish director Jess Franco. The company was featured in the Eurotika (TV documentary).

The company was founded in 1937 and taken over by by Marius Lesoeur, whose involvement with Eurocine goes back to its origins with the shooting of "Mr Breloque has Disappeared", in 1957.

During the late 1930s, Lesoeur was involved with the carnival industry. After the war, his experience with equipment rental led him to create Studios Mobiles de France, working on such films as "Fanfan la Tulipe".

Eventually, Marius began producing popular movies for Eurociné. His earlies productions included "Les Vagabonds du Rêve" and "Une Belle Garce". In 1957 Lesoeur took ownership of the company. He then made many co-productions with Spanish producers, such as Juan Fortuny, Sergio Newman and Eduardo Manzanos.

In the midst of the Franco government's censorship of Spanish cinema, Marius produced a Zorro movie and a string of westerns.

In the early 1960s Marius's son, Daniel came aboard.

With greater permissiveness in cinema at the end of the 1960s, Eurocine began to produce erotic movies. But when hardcore films were legalized, the market for erotic films disappeared and Eurocine turned to producing horror and fantasy movies.

Recently, a tribute to Eurocine was presented during the Brussels Festival within the "7th Parallel".

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