Alain Robbe- Grillet: Six Films, 1963-1974

1960s: Days of Rage


L’Homme qui ment (1968)

“When a body of work is inherently made up of intricately layered themes and hidden caches of ideas, surmising the work as a whole can be extremely difficult.  This is never more prescient than in the BFI’s release of six films by French film writer and director, Alain Robbe-Grillet; a seemingly missing link in French cinema of the 1960s and 1970s.  His work is so ingrained within the era’s dismissal of formal ideas and overcoming paranoia over narrative conjecture that it’s surprising that his name is not bandied about in the same manner as Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, and Alain Resnais, but Robbe-Grillet’s work violently defies its role as a hyper-active pilot fish of the new wave. Robbe-Grillet may perhaps be best known for writing Resnais’ Last Year in Marienbad (1961) but his work as director begins to showcase the real ideas behind his role as…

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