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La belle captive (1983)

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Marie-Ange van de Reeves: I'll find you if I need to. Maybe tonight. Maybe never. Or maybe yesterday. Time doesn't exist for me.
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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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I can get a bit fidgety

This has a little style and some flair and a modicum of interest but in the main it is pretentious tosh without hardly any justification for watching it. It is neither erotically visually exciting or intellectually involving, both of which I am sure it was supposed to be. It is never a good sign when bits of footage are repeated time and again and usually seem a very crude way of making a point or just a way to pad out a very thin story. Did I say 'story'? Now don't get me wrong I don't demand a story but if I am presented with a rather verbose storyline that goes nowhere, I can get a bit fidgety. There are good moments in this and one or two nice shots but there are far too many meaningless shots of the waves and a motorbike. Last Year at Marienbad, can seem slow but it is also poetic and utterly involving, the same cannot be said of this I am afraid.


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