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L'immortelle (1963)

M | | Drama | 27 March 1963 (France)
A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes. After several days of their sadly ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Françoise Brion ... L, the Woman
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ... N, the Man
Guido Celano Guido Celano ... M, the Stranger
Ayfer Feray
Nuri Genç Nuri Genç
Belkis Mutlu Belkis Mutlu ... Servant
Vahi Öz
Catherine Robbe-Grillet Catherine Robbe-Grillet ... Catherine
Sezer Sezin ... Turkish Woman
Osman Türkoglu Osman Türkoglu
Ulvi Uraz Ulvi Uraz ... Antique Dealer
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A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes. After several days of their sadly passionate relationship she disappears. The sad man is unable to locate her as all the local Turkish people pretend not to remember any such woman. He suddenly finds her again (she finds him?) and before she can explain her disappearance she is killed in a car crash while he is in the passenger seat. He replays the accident over and over in his mind trying to remember how she died if he caused the accident himself by grabbing the wheel. Written by C Belz <pnin@bellatlantic.net>

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French

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27 March 1963 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey

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Hüsranla gönül hep inler
Written by 'Neveser Kökdes'
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THE IMMORTAL ONE (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1963) **
27 February 2008 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

While the print of this one was more pleasing than the other Robbe-Grillet titles I watched to commemorate his recent passing, the viewing itself was marred by a couple of instances of temporary freezing. The film, then, was perhaps the most pretentious and, well, tedious of the lot – given that there’s hardly any discernible plot!

Again, we’re thrown into a remote Arabian locale (complete with relentless – and, consequently, extremely irritating – religious chanting) with, at its centre, a glamorous yet vapid femme fatale in Francoise Brion – to whom the title is presumably referring. Frankly, I’m at pains to recall just what went on in the film – even if only a little over 36 hours have elapsed since then…which is never a good thing but, usually, this is a predicament I find myself in after having watched some mindless/low-brow action flick and not a respected art-house one! What’s certain is that, as a film about the search for a missing enigmatic girl, it’s far less compelling and satisfying than Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’AVVENTURA (1960)! Incidentally, the bewildered hero of THE IMMORTAL ONE is played by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze – who happens to be a film-maker in his own right, actually one of the lesser (and, therefore, least-known) exponents of the “Nouvelle Vague”.

Though I have to admit that – in the long run – I was disappointed by the mini-marathon dedicated to this influential novelist and highbrow film-maker, I’d still be interested in checking out the other efforts he directed (not to mention hope to catch these three again in better representations and, perhaps, a more amenable frame-of-mind). In any case, I still have Alain Resnais’ demanding but highly-acclaimed LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD (1961) – which Robbe-Grillet wrote, and for which he even garnered an Oscar nomination – to re-acquaint myself with, and that is sure to be an infinitely more rewarding experience...


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