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27 March 1963 (France) See more »
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A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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THE IMMORTAL ONE (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1963) ** See more (8 total) »

Cast

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Françoise Brion ... L, the Woman
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ... N, The Man
Guido Celano ... M, the Stranger
Sezer Sezin ... Turkish Woman
Ulvi Uraz ... Antique Dealer
Belkis Mutlu ... Servant
Catherine Blisson
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Catherine Robbe-Grillet (as Catherine Carayon)
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Directed by
Alain Robbe-Grillet 
 
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Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Michel Fano 
Tahsin Kavalcioglu 
 
Cinematography by
Maurice Barry 
 
Film Editing by
Bob Wade 
 
Art Direction by
Konnell Melissos 
 
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Lutfi Akad .... assistant director
 

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"L'immortelle" - France (original title)
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101 min
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THE IMMORTAL ONE (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1963) **, 27 February 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

While the print of this one was more pleasing than the other Robbe-Grillet titles I watched to commemorate his recent passing, the viewing itself was marred by a couple of instances of temporary freezing. The film, then, was perhaps the most pretentious and, well, tedious of the lot – given that there’s hardly any discernible plot!

Again, we’re thrown into a remote Arabian locale (complete with relentless – and, consequently, extremely irritating – religious chanting) with, at its centre, a glamorous yet vapid femme fatale in Francoise Brion – to whom the title is presumably referring. Frankly, I’m at pains to recall just what went on in the film – even if only a little over 36 hours have elapsed since then…which is never a good thing but, usually, this is a predicament I find myself in after having watched some mindless/low-brow action flick and not a respected art-house one! What’s certain is that, as a film about the search for a missing enigmatic girl, it’s far less compelling and satisfying than Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’AVVENTURA (1960)! Incidentally, the bewildered hero of THE IMMORTAL ONE is played by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze – who happens to be a film-maker in his own right, actually one of the lesser (and, therefore, least-known) exponents of the “Nouvelle Vague”.

Though I have to admit that – in the long run – I was disappointed by the mini-marathon dedicated to this influential novelist and highbrow film-maker, I’d still be interested in checking out the other efforts he directed (not to mention hope to catch these three again in better representations and, perhaps, a more amenable frame-of-mind). In any case, I still have Alain Resnais’ demanding but highly-acclaimed LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD (1961) – which Robbe-Grillet wrote, and for which he even garnered an Oscar nomination – to re-acquaint myself with, and that is sure to be an infinitely more rewarding experience...

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