Poetical tale of Anne-Marie Stretter, the wife of a French diplomat in India in the 1930s. At 18 she had married a French colonial administrator and went with him on posting to Savannakhet,... See full summary »
7 year-old boy Ernesto intrigues people around him for several reasons. Despite such a young age, he looks like a man on his 40's and also seems a little more intelligent than any of his ... See full summary »
This art film has no conventional dialog between the main characters. This tells a strangely compelling story of two women in a suburban home who are listening to radio news broadcasts about a missing child in their area.
In this most talky and personal of films, director Marguerite Duras and actor Gerard Depardieu do an on-camera read-through of a movie script. Occasionally, the director comments about the ... See full summary »
In response to her new friend's queries, Vera recounts the story of her life, beginning with marrying her no-good husband Cayre (Gerard Depardieu), who has been using her for some time to keep his failing building business afloat.
"La Musica" (1967) was written by Marguerite Duras based on her play which she also directed with Paul Seban. It is quite accomplished for so simple an idea, but never the less, well carried out with beautiful black and white camera-work by Sasha Vierny. Just the story of "He" and "She" who come for their nonetheless divorce judgement and stay in the same hotel and realize some extraordinary insights into their dissolving marriage. The incomparable Delphine Seyrig is "She" and Robert Hossein plays "He." Hossein's efforts as a director are much more striking than his innumerable acting roles. I think he was more, and these performances may have made him define the role of "He," of "a man on the verge." In movies as an actor he is best at being potentially devious. especially as he was in Sergio Gobbi's "Maldonne" (AKA: "Misdeal") and the work he did for Vadim. But the opposite of this intriguing quality is also at work and is a tendency to be monotonous. The Franz Shubert melody "Winter Journey" is one of several motifs, a cageful of snarling panthers on a television screen coupled with vicious dog at the hotel window are some of the artistic flourishes that Duras provides. Well worth seeing to savor.
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