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La belle captive (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 16 February 1983 (France)
Walter is told by his boss, Sara, to deliver an urgent letter to Henri de Corinthe. On the way he finds a beautiful woman he had been eying in a nightclub, lying in the road, bound up. He ... See full summary »

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Alain Robbe-Grillet, Frank Verpillat (adaptation) (co-writer)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Daniel Mesguich ... Walter Raim
Cyrielle Clair ... Sara Zeitgeist
Daniel Emilfork ... Inspector Francis
François Chaumette François Chaumette ... Dr. Morgentodt
Gabrielle Lazure ... Marie-Ange van de Reeves
Gilles Arbona Gilles Arbona ... Le barman
Arielle Dombasle ... La femme hystérique
Jean-Claude Leguay Jean-Claude Leguay ... Le cycliste
Nancy Van Slyke Nancy Van Slyke ... La serveuse
Denis Fouqueray Denis Fouqueray ... Le valet (as Denis Foucray)
Michel Auclair ... La voix de Walter, off (voice)
Roland Dubillard Roland Dubillard ... Prof van de Reeves
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Bonnafoux Guy Bonnafoux ... Un homme en smoking
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Storyline

Walter is told by his boss, Sara, to deliver an urgent letter to Henri de Corinthe. On the way he finds a beautiful woman he had been eying in a nightclub, lying in the road, bound up. He takes her to a villa to get a doctor, and ends up being locked in a bedroom with her. While she is making love to him, he has visions of surrealistic images from René Magritte's paintings. In the morning, the girl, Marie-Ange, has vanished, the villa looks derelict, and his neck is bleeding. Was it all just a nightmare? Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 February 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beautiful Prisoner See more »

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Argos Films,France 3 (FR 3) See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Marie-Ange van de Reeves: I don't have a name. I'm sorry. I lost it. I'll let you know if I find it.
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Soundtracks

Le quinzième quatuor (Streichquartett Nr. 15 op. 161. D. 887)
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Alban Berg Quartett
EMI CO 6903832
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An erotic, virtual reality puzzle for the adventurous viewer...
7 August 2000 | by bobmonellSee all my reviews

LA BELLE CAPTIVE may be Robbe-Grillet's most entertaining and accomplished film. It dazzles the eye by creating a series of secret encounters inspired by Magritte's surrealist painting, which the director named his film after. You don't have to know anything about art to enjoy this film, though. Motifs from vampire films and erotic thrillers are interwoven with more hermetic scenes, but it's somehow all held together by the repeated image of a black clad woman riding a motorcycle. The central situation of a man on a mysterious sexual mission and some individual scenes bear a striking resemblance to Stanley Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT (1999).


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