Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

  • Jacques Doniol-Valcroze – Le Viol AKA A Question of Rape (1967)

    1961-1970DramaFranceJacques Doniol-ValcrozeMystery

    A young wife stays alone in her opulent apartment after her husband and her maid leave. Suddenly the doorbell rings. She opens it to find a strange gun-toting man who bursts in and chloroforms her. She later awakens and finds herself tied to the couch. The stranger warns her not to scream. They begin talking and the man implies that her husband is in danger. Very soon between the two begins a very strange attraction…Read More »

  • Alain Robbe-Grillet – L’immortelle (1963)

    1961-1970Alain Robbe-GrilletDramaEroticaFrance

    A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes. After several days of their sadly passionate relationship she disappears. The sad man is unable to locate her as all the local Turkish people pretend not to remember any such woman. He suddenly finds her again (she finds him?) and before she can explain her disappearance she is killed in a car crash while he is in the passenger seat. He replays the accident over and over in his mind trying to remember how she died if he caused the accident himself by grabbing the wheel.Read More »

  • Jacques Rivette – Le coup du berger AKA Fool’s Mate (1956)

    1951-1960DramaFranceJacques RivetteShort Film

    Claire (Virginie Vitry) is a chic young Parisian woman married to a somewhat older husband, Jean (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze). As this 28-minute trifle opens, she leaves her husband playing baroque music at the piano, telling him she is off to see her sister, Solange. In reality she meets her lover, Claude (Jean-Claude Brialy) at his apartment; after some idle chatter and love-making he tells her a story of the shriveled heads that the Jivaro indians used to give their lovers as tokens of affection but as she shivers in disgust, he gives her a mink instead. How will they hide it from her husband though?Read More »

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