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27 June 1979 (France) See more »
Three stories. A solitary sailor falls from his boat and washes ashore on a tropical island. While seeking rescue... See more » | Add synopsis »
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PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (Just Jaeckin, Shuji Terayama and Walerian Borowczyk, 1979) **1/2 See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)
Roland Blanche ... Benoît (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Laura Gemser ... 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)
Isabelle Jeannette ... Une danseuse (segment "L'armoire")
Michel Lévy ... (segment "L'armoire")
Alice Deneige ... La vieille cantatrice (segment "L'armoire")
Louis Lalanne ... (segment "L'armoire")
Rosette ... Une danseuse (segment "L'armoire")(segment "L'armoire") (as Françoise Quéré)
Laurence Caubet ... Une danseuse (segment "L'armoire")(segment "L'armoire")
Sophie Blanchard ... Une danseuse (segment "L'armoire")(segment "L'armoire")
Brahim Bouillon ... (segment "L'armoire")
Louis Colla ... (segment "L'armoire") (as Louis-Michel Colla)
Jean Rios ... L'enfant (segment "L'armoire")
Hubert Lassiat ... Le vieil homme (segment "L'armoire")
Régis Le Rohellec ... (segment "L'armoire")
Ari Arcadi ... (segment "L'armoire")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Pierre Rambal ... Un spectateur de la revue (segment "L'armoire") (uncredited)

Directed by
Walerian Borowczyk (segment "L'armoire")
Just Jaeckin (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Shûji Terayama (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Walerian Borowczyk  segment "L'armoire"
Guy de Maupassant  short story (segment "L'armoire")
Kyoka Izumi  novel (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Rio Kishida  segment "Kusa-Meikyu"
Jean-Michel Ribes  segment L'île aux sirènes
Shûji Terayama  segment "Kusa-Meikyu"

Produced by
Pierre Braunberger .... producer
Jean-Paul De Vidas .... executive producer
Original Music by
Pierre Bachelet (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Carlo Rustichelli (segment "L'armoire")
J.A. Seazer (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Tatsuo Suzuki (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Noël Véry (segment "L'armoire")
Film Editing by
Michèle Amsellem (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Khadicha Bariha (segment "L'armoire")
Michèle Boëhm (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Tomoyo Oshima (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Costume Design by
Piet Bolscher (segment "L'armoire")
Zorica Lozic (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Makeup Department
Marc Blanchard .... makeup artist (segment "L'armoire")
Koji Takemura .... makeup artist (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Production Management
Gisèle Braunberger .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christophe Smith .... assistant director (segment "L'armoire")
Shinji Sômai .... assistant director (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Sound Department
Joël Beldent .... sound mixer (segment "L'armoire")
Katsuhide Kimura .... sound (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Jean-Charles Ruault .... sound (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Claude Villand .... sound mixer (segment "L'île aux sirènes") (as Claude Villan)
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Canfrère .... assistant camera (segment "L'île aux sirènes")
Nobutaka Kotake .... key grip (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Jean-Pierre Platel .... assistant camera (segment "L'armoire")
Bernard Ramel .... key grip (segment "L'armoire")
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Mallinson .... assistant costume designer (segment "L'armoire")
Editorial Department
Hamida Mekki .... assistant editor (segment "L'armoire")
Other crew
Véronique Cadet .... script supervisor (segment "L'armoire")
Dominique Duvergé .... collaborator (segment "L'armoire")
Marcelle Héron .... production administrator (segment "L'armoire")
Henrikku Morisaki .... script supervisor (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
Jean-François Pignard .... production administrator (segment "L'armoire")

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Also Known As:
"Collections privées" - France (original title)
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USA:103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Australia:R (2008) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1980) | Netherlands:16 (2008)
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PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (Just Jaeckin, Shuji Terayama and Walerian Borowczyk, 1979) **1/2, 6 June 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

I have to admit that this anthology exceeded my expectations – though it’s still, basically, an uneven experience.

Jaeckin’s “Island Of The Sirens” is a formulaic “Robinson Crusoe”-type tale with a distinct wish-fulfillment angle (exposed in the ending) and which marked an interesting collaboration between the director of EMMANUELLE (1974) and Laura Gemser (star of the copycat “Black Emanuelle” series of films). The energetic score by Pierre Bachelet keeps one watching, even if the ‘horrifying’ twist is predictable (and the resulting gore awkwardly handled).

“The Glass Labyrinth” proves to be a meaninglessly-titled Oriental tale about a young boy’s obsession with a childhood ditty; initially intriguing, eventually, it takes a highly cerebral and increasingly confusing stance (as per the supplementary biographical notes on director Terayama, he was into all sorts of intellectual activity) which likens it to the films of David Lynch! The incident involving the nymphomaniac is undeniably erotic, but then it turns into a story about incest (I think) and even features the involvement of assorted weirdos – at least, the pounding score is (once again) terrific! By the way, the element of body-painting utilized as a protection against evil is reminiscent of the “Hoichi The Earless” segment from another portmanteau – Masaki Kobayashi’s classic KWAIDAN (1964); also, contemporary Japanese film-maker Juzo Itami is featured here as an actor.

I wouldn’t be surprised if most people find Borowczyk’s episode, “The Cupboard”, to be the least from this compendium; however, I liked it a good deal – even if there isn’t a lot of nudity (unlike, say, the same director’s IMMORAL WOMEN [1979] – also a triptych and which was simultaneously released on DVD). As a matter of fact, it’s quite talky – but this serves to emphasize a talent of Borowczyk’s which is seldom commented upon, that of scriptwriting (here adapting a story by Guy de Maupassant). As usual, the meticulous visuals can’t be faulted (the cabaret/merry-go-round setting somehow recalled Max Ophuls’ equally elegant LA RONDE [1950]) and the twist at the end is far less mysterious (and perverse) than the DVD sleeve-notes would have it – as it won’t surprise anyone familiar with Borowczyk’s THE BEAST (1975)! The main supplement on Severin’s DVD is a 9-minute featurette with Jaeckin: he speaks in a heavy French accent, so that it took me a few seconds before I even realized that the interview was being conducted in English! Anyway, he seems to have had misgivings about participating in a multi-part film (which he did merely as a favor to veteran producer Pierre Braunberger) but, at least, seems to have enjoyed working with Gemser amid the tropical island setting…

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