Private Collections (1979)
"Collections privées" (original title)

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Three stories. A solitary sailor falls from his boat and washes ashore on a tropical island. While seeking rescue, he's found by a nearly naked woman who is playful and compliant. He ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland Blanche ...
Benoît (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Malinka (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Catherine Gandois ...
Une sirène (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Marpessa Djian ...
Une sirène (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Hedwige De Mouroux ...
Une sirène (segment "L'île aux sirènes") (as Hedwige Thabuis)
Just Jaeckin ...
Un marin (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Jean-Michel Ribes ...
Un marin (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Hiroshi Mikami ...
Akira adolescent (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Takeshi Wakamatsu ...
Akira adulte (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Keiko Niitaka ...
La mère (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Jûzô Itami ...
(segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Florence Delay ...
Narrator (segment "Kusa-Meikyu") (voice)
Hiromi Kawai ...
(segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Marie-Catherine Conti ...
La jeune femme (segment "L'armoire")
Yves-Marie Maurin ...
Le client (segment "L'armoire") (as Yves-Marie)


Three stories. A solitary sailor falls from his boat and washes ashore on a tropical island. While seeking rescue, he's found by a nearly naked woman who is playful and compliant. He decides to erase his signs of distress and remain on the island. What awaits? In the second, an adolescent searches for the words of a nursery rime he remembers bits of. His journey takes him into dreams, sexual awakening, and Oedipal fantasy. Third, a man of wealth in late-nineteenth century Paris hires a prostitute for the night. She's also cabaret performer and takes him to her room. He fears he's about to be robbed. What's her secret? Written by <>

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27 June 1979 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Colecciones privadas  »

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Fascinating erotic trilogy
11 October 2012 | by (Deutschland) – See all my reviews

Three short films from three of the most prolific directors of erotic and surreal films of the 1970's are brought together in this very entertaining film. Just Jaeckin offers a story set on a tropical island, concerning a Frenchman washed ashore, who discovers it to be inhabited by some exotic native girls, who are more than what they appear to be. In short, one man's ultimate fantasy becomes his ultimate nightmare. The iconic Laura Gemser is featured as one of the girls, who are half naked throughout the film, in true Just Jaeckin style. The second story comes from the legendary Japan art house filmmaker Shuji Terayama; his "Grass Labyrinth" is presented here, only for this feature it comes with a French narration, a woman who speaks over the voices of the Japanese actors. It would have been a better choice to just keep this film's original language with subtitles, but after a while the narration isn't so intrusive. The cinematography in this segment is outrageously surreal and beautiful; a true example of cinema as art. It should be mentioned that this version is not marred by optical fogging of the male nudity, as is the original Japanese version. The third entry, from another iconic filmmaker, Walerian Borowczyk, concerns a wealthy Parisian man who goes to a Cabarat bar and becomes intrigued by a beautiful prostitute there. he pays her to spend the entire night with him and a very interesting evening ensues. this segment features the exquisite photography that is pure Borowczyk in style and content. The three films, though all radically different, share a common theme of sexuality, although nothing here is particularly graphic. This is more art-house than grind house, which might disappoint some viewers. A very enjoyable film, and a nice introduction to three of the biggest names in 70's erotica. Recommended.

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