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La Belle Captive - DVD (French

Daniel Mesguich , Cyrielle Clair , Alain Robbe-Grillet    Unrated   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surrealistic thriller... April 27 2014
By Edmonson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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"La Belle Captive" (1983) is directed by Alain Robbe -Grillet. The film is about a man who becomes enchanted with a beautiful woman whom he meets at a bar. At a later time he comes across her again but she is bound and injured on the street. This dream like film takes its cues from the French surrealist painter Rene Magritte. The structure of the film as well as images of the artist are incorporated into the film. For those that enjoyed "Last Year at Marienbad" which was scripted by Robbe-Grillet, or David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr.", will probably also enjoy this surrealist mystery thriller.

There are no special features included, but the quality of the film is very good, and is presented in Dolby Digital sound with English subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merci Dec 2 2013
By JPP
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Merci beaucoup, la commande a été vite et parfaite! Pour les amateurs de David Lynch, Bergman, Godard, et Fellini, vous allez tripper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surrealistic thriller... Aug. 23 2012
By Edmonson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"La Belle Captive" (1983) is directed by Alain Robbe -Grillet. The film is about a man who becomes enchanted with a beautiful woman whom he meets at a bar. At a later time he comes across her again but she is bound and injured on the street. This dream like film takes its cues from the French surrealist painter Rene Magritte. The structure of the film as well as images of the artist are incorporated into the film. For those that enjoyed "Last Year at Marienbad" which was scripted by Robbe-Grillet, or David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr.", will probably also enjoy this surrealist mystery thriller.

There are no special features included, but the quality of the film is very good, and is presented in Dolby Digital sound with English subtitles.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Live in Many Worlds at the Same Time July 22 2012
By J. Preston - Published on Amazon.com
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This film is about the many realities we experience in our lives, and, the many influences on what we experience.

The Director intended to make this film appear to be chaotic so as to provoke our thoughts about what we define as "reality." It appears chaotic because he is trying to show us how each person experiences our own personal reality based upon many intervening influences such as: memory; passion; intellect; life's work; our goals; and co-existence with a spiritual world (including influence from spirits (ghosts or manifestations from people who are demised)).

Alain Robbe-Grillet (an esteemed French author) wrote the novel "La Belle Captive" to critically explore our experience of consciousness. He is considered the leading author in the French noveau roman (new novel, or, new literature) genre. Robbe-Grillet (and his wife - Catherine Robbe Grillet), for over a half century, have exposed the subjectivity of our perception of ourselves, our lives, and our perception of those we encounter (in both the real world and in the spiritual world). Robbe-Grillet is best known for his international award winning 1961 screenplay in Last Year at Marienbad (The Criterion Collection)

This exploration is more common in film than we might think at first reflection. Even American film has explored the co-existence of our lives with the spiritual world. Mulholland Dr. British filmmakers have explored how our belief about what happened in the past influences our belief about what is happening in the present. Eyes Wide Shut (Unrated Two-Disc Special Edition) Many French filmmakers have explored the connection between our unconscious sexual drives, and, our mystical connections with the spiritual world. A l'Aventure; Gradiva (also directed by Robbe-Grillet).

Kurosawa explored, early in 20th century film, how each of us has a different memory of the same event. Consequently, our different memories of the same events influences our experience of the present (and the future). Rashomon (The Criterion Collection)

This film is enjoyable if you understand that it is not supposed to be rational. It is not too distant from the theater of the absurd. It is not a film to take literally. It is a film that is, at least a little, a light-hearted treatment of some serious and arcane philosophy. It is intended to illuminate how irrational, random and chaotic the real world may actually be as opposed to how we experience it. If you think you might enjoy a completely comic treatment of the same subject, please allow me to suggest Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Love and Death (I think it's one of his funniest and best films).

I give this film five stars because, having been made in 1983, it was decades before its time. It is also one of the best films that challenges us to question our perception of "reality" as being something that is completely subjective. Hence, since it is completely subjective, we have the power within our own minds to shape our own consciousness.

What is the point of the film? The answer is in the last line of the narrator. In our subjective reality, between worlds, the angel of death comes to us in many forms (including "smokin' hot" Gabrielle Lazure).
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Lynch and Eisenstein teamed up to do 'Chinatown' as a vampire story March 28 2007
By Tom Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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You'd get something like `La Belle Captive'. Because this movie, written and directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet, is wildly at odds with what most people expect in a film, I am breaking my review into three parts. First, I'll take a stab at listing some films or genres which bear some affinities (however distant) to the sort of animal we're considering here, which hopefully might indicate that a purchaser will enjoy the flick. Then I'll discuss the movie itself with perhaps a bit of technical appreciation, and then finally take a look at the director's theory of storytelling.

If you've seen the famous Resnais/Robbe-Grillet collaboration Last Year at Marienbad, this is more and better (I enjoyed the cinematography more in "La Belle Captive" and found the world, the characters and their story potentials much richer). Now the promised list: noir is a good place to start, films like "Chinatown" or "Somewhere in the Night" with their evolving polymorphic characters, stylized scenes and constantly thwarted plot expectations have a lot in common with "La Belle Captive". Also, the nonlinear fragmented collage of `La Belle Captive' may be attractive to fans of `Eraserhead' or `Memento' or `Dark City' or `Pulp Fiction' or `Satyricon'. Speaking of the editing, Robbe-Grillet plays games with time and space similar to what Maya Deren does in `Meshes of the Afternoon'.

We first meet the protagonist Walter in a nightclub, where he confesses that he doesn't really know or remember what he's doing there, watching stroboscopically lit couples dancing robotically. With moves that would do Lulu proud, a slinky blonde flirts with him. Though he poses at the bar like Bond or Mike Hammer, and Walter and the girl bump and grind on the dance-floor, he can't get the girls name, phone number or address, though she promises that she'll find him, if she needs to. In the voiceover we learn he's a secret agent. His boss/handler calls for Walter at the bar to arrange for a rendezvous that night, and after the call, the girl has disappeared. The meeting is in a backlit, foggy graveyard. The boss, Sara Zeitgeist is a sultry Emma Peale type (her leather bodysuit is open to reveal a fluffly and frilly blouse front) and she is revealed to be the woman driving the black motorcycle who's mysteriously been popping up between scenes throughout the credits and beginning of the movie. Curiously, the normal filmic interpretation suggests that she was on her black and chrome bike when she made the call, since we see her hurling down the road before and after the call. Sara gives her subordinate a letter that must be delivered to Count Henri de Corinthe, preferably that night. When he heads off on his mission, Walter sees the mystery girl lying injured in the road, with her hands cuffed behind her back. Mission forgotten, he takes the girl to a nearby mansion where they interrupt a formal party of strange and ominous men, but finally manages to get a doctor to escort them to a bedroom. The doctor locks them in the room and leaves them there. After a night of vampiric bloodthirsty passion (Walter seems to be sick or only semiconscious) he awakens alone in a ruined mansion. Then the movie starts to get really weird, he drives around and doesn't recognize the streets or buildings, ends up investigating the disappearance (and possible death perhaps the night before, perhaps 7 years before) of his lover, the bite wound on his neck comes and goes, he starts meeting the same actors playing different roles seemingly without recognizing them, manages to become the prime suspect in the kidnapping of the fiancee of the man he was supposed to meet, encounters a mad scientist, and beomes increasingly involved in visions or dreams of his lover on a beach in Uruguay. Walter is buffeted through all these scenarios by necessities he hardly questions and is driven by his passion for his lover and the orders of his boss. I said that I'd mention a couple technical points--this movie is constructed like some of the old silent films, which in a lot ways echo the current theory and practice of comic books, in which the images are central and the dialogue subordinate (though very important for moving the story along). The camera work is very static, and unlike some cinematographers who use fixed framing for a feeling of candidness, Robbe-Grillet makes us conscious that the image is imposed on us and artificial. The sets and scenes and costuming are all very stylized, almost fetishistic (Walter is a detective when he's in his trenchcoat).

If you've never seen any of Robbe-Grillet's work before, you'll be hard pressed to figure out what's going on. On the other hand, if you've gone beyond a casual acquaintance with Robbe-Grillet, then you've likely developed a masochistic craving for the stylish presentation of insoluble puzzles. Robbe-Grillet builds his plots around the natural human tendency to fit pieces together into familiar patterns, he's playing with his audience's expectations. As with the standard and very formulaic cinematic fare, the viewer strives to forge links that will tie all the elements into tidy coherent whole, one which will resolve all the apparent anomalies. It's odd, in the real world we don't have any certainty that we can construct such a narratve, but we are confident we can do so in art. However, rather than a complete story emerging from the mass of disparities, multiple counterfeit stories are struck simultaneously and are both affirmed and invalidated at every turn. Accepting a particular narrative involves surpressing the alternatives, like those pictures which either look like a vase or two faces and as new scenes unfold, one view may be favored or a new one start to coalesce. The whole approach is very much like the old noir movies, except no final revelation ties everything together (though in a few of the old classics, such as Suspicion or Rebecca, the audience may find themselves dissatisfied with an `explanation' that the characters in the movie accept).
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rewiew May 8 2013
By Michael Münzer - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the names from the persons in this film and the surreality . Its not more to write for me, because i have seen the film before.
5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mildly amused April 2 2007
By Haring J. Nauta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
cinematography of poetic images is fairly good. The plot, however, is based on unreality and confusion about realtiy and may not interest the more concretely based. Definitly not a thriller, but nice to watch.
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