05 July, 2009

The Films of Alain Robbe-Grillet: N A PRIS LES DES... (N TOOK THE DICE)

Alternate versions, alternate realities...

[COPIED FROM UBUWEB: N. a pris les dés ... aka N. took the dice (1971)

This film is evidently a reworking of Robbe-Grillet's previous film L' Éden et après, using alternate takes and re-editing that has the order of scenes to be governed by 'a throw of the dice' (shown in new footage).

Cast & Crew

Directed by
Alain Robbe-Grillet

Writers Alain Robbe-Grillet

Sylvain Corthay
Catherine Jourdan
Richard Leduc
Lorraine Rainer
Pierre Zimmer

Original Music
Michel Fano

Country France

Release Year


Alain Robbe-Grillet in UbuWeb Sound]

Catherine Jourdan encounters her double in the desert....

Here's a link which Firirinabe posted on my www.cinemadrome.yuku.com site in EXPANDED CINEMA: the Alain Robbe-Grillet topic. It takes you to a video of the rarely seen  N A PRIS LES DES (N TOOK THE DICE), the 1971 TV version of L'EDEN ET APRES, Robbe-Grillet's 1970 erotic-art-horror film which I saw in New York City during the 1970s with the director in attendance. N... is a completely different edit, the montage is determined, according to what we see, by moves on a board game which the main characters play. This French-Slovak-Tunisian co productions is one of his most experimental works.
This rarity has turned up on UbuWeb. The video quality of the 87m feature may be only fair, looking like a somewhat worn VHS, but it's the only way I know of to see this film. L'EDEN ET APRES has been released on a good quality 2008 Italian DVD. I have seen it and will be discussing it here soon. Both versions are worth seeing for those interested in the work of the late writer/director.

Thanks to Firirinabe and Eric Cotenas

Windows Live™: Keep your life in sync. Check it out.

1 comment:

dfordoom said...

I wanted to see L'EDEN ET APRES for years. I haven't come across the Italian DVD anywhere.