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Alain Robbe-Grillet (written by)
Frank Verpillat (co-adaptation)
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16 February 1983 (France) See more »
Walter is told by his boss, Sara, to deliver an urgent letter to Henri de Corinthe. On the way he finds... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Alain Robbe-Grillet 
Writing credits
Alain Robbe-Grillet (written by)

Frank Verpillat (co-adaptation)

Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
Cinematography by
Henri Alekan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bob Wade 
Production Design by
Aimé Deudé 
Costume Design by
Piet Bolscher 
Makeup Department
Joël Lavau .... makeup artist
Lucie Saint Clair .... hair stylist (as Lucie Saint-Clair)
Production Management
Pascal Alekan .... assistant production manager
Bernard Bouix .... production manager
Jean-Marie David .... unit manager
Jean-Pierre Viguie .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeanne Biras .... second assistant director
Marianne Chouchan .... trainee assistant director
Gérard Halimi .... dga trainee
Richard Malbequi .... assistant director
Art Department
Gilles Roland Gierber .... assistant art director
Philippe Hubin .... set designer
Florence Lamouche .... assistant art director
Didier Stravritch .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Gérard Barra .... sound
Jack Jullian .... sound mixer
Jacques Tassel .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
André Canda .... key grip
Louis Cochet .... chief electrician
Joëlle Malberg .... second camera assistant operator
Pascal Ridao .... first assistant camera
Catherine Robbe-Grillet .... still photographer
Jean Trinci .... grip
Noël Véry .... camera operator
Casting Department
Nicole-Agnès Cottet .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Mallinson .... assistant costume designer (as Sarah Malinson)
Elyane Villes-Mirowski .... costumer
Editorial Department
Hélène de Luze .... assistant editor
Jeanne Kef .... assistant editor
Other crew
Anne-Marie Benoit .... production secretary
Monique Pautas .... administrator
Frank Verpillat .... video director

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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Death and the Maiden, 4 November 2010
Author: JustApt from Russian Federation, Ivanovo

Everything in this film is blurred and everything is ambiguous and shaky. The main character, Walter Raim, who is, or probably isn't, some kind of secret service agent, meets, or probably doesn't meet, a beautiful and strange woman. And everything what's happening probably isn't happening at all and after every episode he tries to understand, did it happen or not and if it really did happen then what was it? But slowly and inexorably everything moves to the finish which is as incredible as all the occurrences in this picturesque drama. While so many films are adapted from a certain story The Beautiful Prisoner is based on the paintings by René François Ghislain Magritte and is as much surrealistic with the same striking shift of reality. On the side of the visual art this film is simply fantastic.

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