1971-1980Adolfo ArrietaArthouseDramaFrance

Adolfo Arrieta – Flammes (1978)

A girl’s obsession with firemen causes her to start a fire at her own home in order to trap a fireman in her room. The film features the last onscreen performance by Dionys Mascolo (writer, political activist, known for his voiceover in India Song and for his love affair with Marguerite Duras) and one of the earliest appearances of Pascal Greggory.

Chaotic, underground, fleeing the standards of commercial cinema, the centerpiece of Arrietta’s lifework is a film of a more classical nature than his others, Flammes, and it is also his masterpiece. Flammes occupies a place in his work comparable to Chelsea Girls for Andy Warhol: they would have been crown jewels in the history of classical cinema if only the names of their creators were not so radically associated with the fringe movements.

Flammes belongs to the world of dreamlike stories descended from the legacy of Jean Cocteau (‘Since these mysteries are beyond our control, let’s pretend we organized them’), powered by fetishism, candor, the avant-garde and the marvellous. Time seems suspended, fantasies remain full of life, and the magic of cinema permits the most daring of actions.


Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 29 min
Size: 	1.37 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	720x576 ~> 768x576
Aspect ratio:  	4:3
Frame rate: 	24.000 fps
Bit rate: 	2 000 kb/s
BPP: 	0.201
#1:  	French 2.0ch AC-3 @ 192 kb/s


Subtitles:English, Spanish, French

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