21 February, 2008


The Angel of Death and her minions confront the protagonist of LA BELLE CAPTIVE, the first Alain Robbe-Grillet directed film to make it onto US DVD. Hopefully, the rest will follow sooner than later.

GRADIVA is an erotic/archaeological thriller featuring an elusive woman in white. Alain Robbe-Grillet's 2006 film was not well received by French critics and audiences.

The heroine (Catherine Jourdan) of EDEN AND AFTER (1970) is guided on a journey into the land of the Unconscious by a mysterious stranger. Filmed in a Mondrian labyrinth and Tunisia this was ARG's first color film. I was lucky enough to see this via a pristine 35mm print in a New York City cinema with Alain Robbe-Grillet in attendance.

The New Wave meets the Nouveau Roman. Alan Resnais' LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD was a glossy, funereal evocation of Alain Robbe-Grillet's film script, which was nominated for an Academy Award. If you're lucky you may be able to see the new 35mm scope print. Perhaps the quintessential 1960's Art Film.


jhalal drut said...

I watched yesterday night 'Eden Et Apres', I just loved it and wish a DVD clean cut 'coz the divx is a poor tape rip...
Catherine Jourdan is sexy as hell!

Robert Monell said...

Yes, I agree. I saw EDEN... in a 35mm projection in New York City with Alain Robbe-Grillet in attendance over 30 years ago. I only have a poor quality video of it. A fascinating film in terms of image and editing. Welcome to the blog, Jhalal.