His first shot at directing has similar tones as Last Year At Marienbad as beautiful, beguiling, and bewitching. Is she there and then she isn't as a tale of travels and escapades in ancient Istanbul. Does she? Or doesn't she? One of the 1st true mysteries as riddle wrapped as an enigma. Good stuff from 1963 if you have the heart and head to follow, you too can wind up confused and totally taken by this rapturous beauty. Started before he assisted Alain Resnais and finished sometime after completion of that project so this was three years in the making makes for near perfection as I see it. Go figure if you can.