Provocateur, pornographer, tireless deconstructor of stereotypes, and cunning devisor of narrative traps, Robbe-Grillet was one of the leading theoreticians and practitioners of the objective French “New Novel” that would act as a wellspring of inspiration for several New Wave filmmakers of the “Left Bank” school. Like fellow New Novelist Marguerite Duras, he came to cinema through a collaboration with Alain Resnais—Robbe-Grillet wrote the screenplay for Resnais’s 1961 Last Year at Marienbad—before eventually turning to directing movies himself. This program brings together five of the finest of Robbe-Grillet’s enigmatic, erotic films, works which operate according to their own strict, secretive sets of rules while also demonstrating a sense of sensual abandon and stylistic liberation.
Shot in Turkey, Robbe-Grillet’s ethereal, erotic film depicts a death-haunted affair between two French nationals abroad in alien Istanbul.
A work of noose-tight construction, foreboding, surreal, and brimming with blighted sensuality.
Drawing attention to the sleights of film grammar, The Man Who Lies is a narrative labyrinth that’s a pleasure to get lost in.
Successive Slidings of Pleasure finds Alain Robbe-Grillet blending sadomasochism, sacrilege, and psychedelia to delirious effect.