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A castaway arrives on an island. He thinks it's uninhabited, but he sees a palace with also a hidden room. Soon he sees some people walking, dressed with old-fashioned clothes. He is afraid because people don't see him, like a ghost.
In Paris during the summer of 1914 a succession of brief liaisons begins and ends with a soldier and a tart, but on the way moves humourously and sometimes poignantly through a fascinating panorama of society and of attitudes to love.
Christian de Chalonge works mainly in TV now, but his few films showed a great imagination. Who can forget Docteur Petiot, the mad doctor of Vichy France who killed Jews trying to escape the trains bound for death camps? Just the musical score--that saw--was enough to make me doubt my sanity. L'Alliance is a beautiful fantasy film that should really be reissued on DVD.
Anna Karina is a newly-wed wealthy woman who finds her husband is spying on her, following her around on shopping trips. That he is a veterinarian who is slowly building a zoo in her lovely house is also ample cause for concern. Her curiosity--and mounting suspicion of his motives--one day lead her to open a box, allowing a snake to escape. The parallel with Adam and Eve is gracefully worked out. This film is full of lovely details: the women who bring their weird pets to the vet look pretty strange themselves; the vet has a melancholic expression that never changes, it's as though he has taken on the personality of one of the animals. I was more impressed with this one than with effects-ridden films like Jurassic Park or The Island of Dr Moreau.
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