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Walter is told by his boss, Sara, to deliver an urgent letter to Henri de Corinthe. On the way he finds a beautiful woman he had been eying in a nightclub, lying in the road, bound up. He takes her to a villa to get a doctor, and ends up being locked in a bedroom with her. While she is making love to him, he has visions of surrealistic images from René Magritte's paintings. In the morning, the girl, Marie-Ange, has vanished, the villa looks derelict, and his neck is bleeding. Was it all just a nightmare? Written by Will Gilbert

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Marie-Ange van de Reeves: I'll find you if I need to. Maybe tonight. Maybe never. Or maybe yesterday. Time doesn't exist for me.
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Le quinzième quatuor (Streichquartett Nr. 15 op. 161. D. 887)
Written by Franz Schubert (as Schubert)
Performed by Alban Berg Quartett (as Alban Berg Quartet)
EMI CO 6903832
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An erotic, virtual reality puzzle for the adventurous viewer...
7 August 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

LA BELLE CAPTIVE may be Robbe-Grillet's most entertaining and accomplished film. It dazzles the eye by creating a series of secret encounters inspired by Magritte's surrealist painting, which the director named his film after. You don't have to know anything about art to enjoy this film, though. Motifs from vampire films and erotic thrillers are interwoven with more hermetic scenes, but it's somehow all held together by the repeated image of a black clad woman riding a motorcycle. The central situation of a man on a mysterious sexual mission and some individual scenes bear a striking resemblance to Stanley Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT (1999).


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