|WOMAN IN CHAINS (FEMALE PRISONER/LA PRISONNIERE) (director/writer: Henri-Georges Clouzot; screenwriters: Monique Lange/Marcel Moussy; cinematographer: Andréas Winding; editor: Noëlle Balenci; music: Gilbert Amy; cast: Laurent Terzieff (Stanislas Hassler), Elisabeth Wiener (Josée), Bernard Fresson (Gilbert Moreau), Dario Moreno (Sala), Danny Carrel (Maguy), Daniel Riviere (Maurice) Runtime: 104; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Robert Dorfmann; AVCO Embassy Pictures; 1969-France/Italy-in French with English subtitles)|
perverse romance story."
by Dennis Schwartz
The last feature made by the
under-appreciated French filmmaker Henri-Georges
Wages of Fear"/"Jenny Lamour"/"Diabolique") is
an engaging but perverse romance story.
The neglected film was made because of the insistence
of his admirer François Truffaut.
Clouzot writes the script with Monique
Lange and Marcel Moussy.
editor Josée (
is in an open relationship with her kinetic artist
husband Gilbert Moreau (Bernard
Fresson) and they tell each
other about their extra-marital affairs. But this talk
leaves them unhappy.
begins an affair with the
loner Stanislas Hassler (Laurent
experimental gallery owner where her hubby
exhibits his work. The control freak
indulges himself by having women pose in submissive
positions and he plays S&M mind-games with his
when she learns of this, is both upset and turned on.
uses this premise to study evil. The result is an
uncomfortable look at Clouzot's
perceptions of modernity. Clouzot
leaves behind his usual dark thriller territory and
shoots for capturing how much the allure of sexual
perversions now replaces love as a way for couples to
beautifully filmed picture and it features a
wonderfully rendered final dream scene. It was
unfairly passed over by critics at the time, who might
have wrongly thought that the old man was merely
trying to climb aboard the wave of counter-culture
films being released when instead he was showing us
the real pain in relationships.
REVIEWED ON 6/28/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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