Pause It: La belle captive

'Pause It: La belle captive'



PAUSE IT: What do you see? A Frame within a frame. Formalist director Alain Robbe-Grillet, a leading voice of the Nouveau Roman (new novel) movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s, paints a pretty picture. A painting rests on an easel overlooking a shoreline. But where are we exactly? From the sights and sounds around us it would appear as though we are simultaneously at the beach and on the front of a stage. Using plush red curtains to heighten our sense of theatricality, Robbe-Grillet transports us inside a complex image. Contrasting one another, the painting and the vista scene it was painted from are not the same. Robbe-Grillet became famous for constructing images with a painstaking attention to detail. He became obsessed with objects, space, and time to such a degree that these more experimental concerns often trumped a traditional focus on plot, character, and story resolution. Endlessly fascinated with the ways in which and HOW we tell our stories, Robbe-Grillet’s lasting legacy is that of one of cinema’s great stylist.

La belle captive (1983)
Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet
Director of Photography: Henri Alekan
Cast: Gabrielle Lazure, Daniel Mesguich, Cyrielle Clair
Available From Olive Films on DVD and Blu-ray.

Pause It Archive:
Amazing Grace
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Breaker! Breaker!
Beat Street
Let There Be Light
The Night They Raided Minsky’s
The Deadly Bees
Beach Blanket Bingo
Baby It’s You

March 2, 2016

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