Alain Robbe-Grillet – Le Jeu avec le feu AKA Playing with Fire (1975)

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When Carolina (Anicee Alvina), the daughter of wealthy banker Georges de Saxe (Philippe Noiret), is reported kidnapped, it is upsetting to him even though he knows it isn’t true. The kidnappers have taken the wrong person. The banker hires Frantz (Jean-Louis Trintignant) a disheveled, seedy detective to find his daughter and hide her safely away. She soon finds herself in a fantasyland whorehouse, where all kinds of extreme perversions are routinely practiced. There, a near-double of her father whips and then seduces her. Eventually, she and the private eye escape or leave, having extorted the kidnapping money from the girl’s father. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi Continue reading

Alain Robbe-Grillet – Glissements Progressifs Du Plaisir AKA Successive Slidings of Pleasure (1974)

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Summary: A young woman is questioned by the police and the judges, suspected of being a modern witch. The girl who shared her apartment has been found dead, and a pair of scisors impaled through her heart, as she lay attached to the bedposts. Apparently, the girl does have powers, to make all people around her fall prey to her spell, glissing progressively into desire, lust, and the unknown. Continue reading

Alain Robbe-Grillet – L’Immortelle (1963)

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French avant-garde novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet, who previously wrote the screenplay for the ground-breaking L’Annee Derniere a Marienbad, made his directorial debut with this allegorical drama. A man known as N (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze) encounters L (Francoise Brion), a mysterious woman who may or may not be involved with M (Guido Celano), a Turk who kidnaps women and forces them into prostitution. N finds himself falling in love with L, who suddenly disappears. When she reemerges, N persuades L to join him for a vacation; as they drive out of town, one of her dogs dashes into the road. Swerving in a desperate effort to save the dog, N loses control of the car and L is killed. N becomes obsessed with the accident, for which he cannot forgive himself. L’Immortelle was nominated for the Golden Bear award at the 1963 Berlin Film Festival. — Mark Deming. Continue reading

Alain Robbe-Grillet – L’Éden et après AKA Eden and After (1970)

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SYNOPSIS from allmovie.com
This plodding film concerns the bored college students who hang out at the cafe Eden. Hoping for adventure, one girl gets more than she bargains for when she and her date are chased by vicious gang members. She manages to escape when he is killed, but when she returns with help, the body is gone. Soon she is off to Tunisia to locate a stolen painting. After an erotic nude posing before a total stranger, she is kidnapped and chained by Arabs who pump her for information. Continue reading

Alain Robbe-Grillet – Gradiva (C’est Gradiva qui vous appelle) AKA It’s Gradiva Who Is Calling You (2006)

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Alain Robbe-Grillet’s final film, an erotic ghost story set in Morocco. James Wilby plays an archaeologist pursuing the mysterious Arielle Dombasle through the streets of Marrakesh.

Review by Nathan Southern for All Movie Guide:

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The revered and celebrated Alain Robbe-Grillet’s supernatural drama C’est Gradiva qui vous appelle (AKA That is Gradiva Who Calls You) – a French-Belgian co-production – concerns John Locke, an art historian immersed in Asian research on the Marrakeshi casbah, accompanied by Belkis, his servant and mistress. Amid his studies of Eugene Delacroix, Locke repeatedly encounters a lithe, ethereal female presence in the city’s medina (or Arabic quarter) who draws him seductively through the city’s mazelike streets, again and again, but repeatedly vanishes. He then encounters Anatoli, a self-professed antique dealer and curator of Oriental artifacts for beginners itching for a challenge. Belkis persuades Locke to keep his distance from these individuals, but Locke blatantly ignores her admonitions and forges ahead – never quite realizing that the spirits are toying with him, and drawing him into a dead-end psychosexual black hole. Continue reading

Alain Robbe-Grillet – La belle captive AKA The Beautiful Prisoner (1983)

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Cathal Tohill and Peter Tombs wrote:

Robbe-Grillet turned once again to painting and literature for inspiration in his next film. In 1976 he had written a ‘picto-novel’, La Belle Captive, which reprinted some of Magrittes’s paintings including La Belle Captive itself. His 1983 film of the same name used paintings by both Magritte and Edouard Manet as a launching pad, each painting a ‘generation cell’ for the film’s ideas and narrative. Magritte’s Belle Captive is a great painting – formal, poetic, mysterious, it hints at all sorts of possibilities. The drawn curtains open onto a beach and sky. In the stony foreground there is an easel and a painting that visually links the world behind the curtain with the vista in the distance. It’s an audacious, inspiring work that’s a self-conscious reflection on the process of painting, but is also eerie and enigmatic, exuding a strange beauty. Continue reading

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