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The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1978)

L'hypothèse du tableau volé (original title)
Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Ruiz

Writers:

Raoul Ruiz, Pierre Klossowski (participation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Rougeul ... The collector
Chantal Paley Chantal Paley ... Personnage des Tableaux
Jean Raynaud Jean Raynaud ... Personnage des Tableaux
Daniel Grimm Daniel Grimm ... Personnage des Tableaux
Isidro Romero Isidro Romero ... Personnage des Tableaux
Bernard Daillencourt Bernard Daillencourt ... Personnage des Tableaux
Jean-Damien Thiollier Jean-Damien Thiollier ... Personnage des Tableaux
Alix Comte Alix Comte ... Personnage des Tableaux
Christian Broutin Christian Broutin ... Personnage des Tableaux
Guy Bonnafoux Guy Bonnafoux ... Personnage des Tableaux
Tony Rödel Tony Rödel ... Personnage des Tableaux (as Tony Rodel)
Pascal Lambertini Pascal Lambertini ... Personnage des Tableaux
Jean Narboni Jean Narboni ... Personnage des Tableaux
Vincent Skimenti Vincent Skimenti ... Personnage des Tableaux (as Vincent Schimenti)
Anne Desbois Anne Desbois ... Personnage des Tableaux
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Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, featuring real people, sometimes moving, in an effort to explain the series' significance. Written by <mbcohn@earthlink.net>

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This was the first credited film role of Jean Reno. See more »

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Featured in Exiles: Raoul Ruiz: Chilean Film Director (1988) See more »

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21 October 2006 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

Having read during many years about how great this film was, how it established Ruiz among the french critics (specially the snobbish Cahiers crowd), when I finally watched it about a year ago, I found it pretty disappointing (but then, I guess my expectations were sky-high). Shot in saturated black and white, this deliberately cerebral film (made for TV, and mercifully, only an hour long) is told in the form of a conversation between an art connoisseur and an off-screen narrator as they ponder through a series of paintings (which are shown in the style of tableaux vivants) and try to find if they hold some clues about a hidden political crime. (The awful Kate Beckinsale film Uncovered has a similar argument). Borgesian is a word I read a lot in reviews about this movie, but I would say almost any Borges story is more interesting than this film.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 April 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hipótese do Quadro Roubado See more »

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