He Gave the World “Repetition”

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07/10/2008 9:00 AM |

Pictured: Yes, yes he did.

So Alain Robbe-Grillet, the recently dead French innovator of the nouvelle roman, also liked cinema, as most modern writers who care about artifice or memory or pop culture (or two of the three, in R-G’s case) do. In addition to writing the screenplay to Last Year at Marienbad for Alain Resnais, he wrote and directed a number of movies himself.

And since he is dead now, BAM is showing those movies, or four of them (the first four, made in the 60s and the very early 70s), along with Marienbad, starting today and continuing through next Tuesday. They sound really good, especially the latest one, Eden and After, which closes this series. I shall paste BAM’s synopsis, not because I am lazy but because I cannot improve upon it:

An erotic and labyrinthine tale of murder and vampirism, this film is set somewhere between the fictitious landscapes of the Marquis de Sade and Lewis Carroll. In Café Eden, a group of bored students engaged in a series of baroque parlor games is visited by a mysterious stranger whose presence evokes new menacing fantasies.