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The erotic dream machine : interviews with Alain Robbe-Grillet on his films

Author: Anthony N Fragola; Alain Robbe-Grillet; Roch Charles Smith
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this revealing series of interviews with Alain Robbe-Grillet, Anthony N. Fragola and Roch C. Smith provide an intimate, perceptive profile of the artist. Known primarily as a writer whose experimental novels have had a major influence on the writing of fiction in the twentieth century, Robbe-Grillet is also a highly acclaimed filmmaker whose works include Last Year at Marienbad, L'Immortelle, Trans-Europ-Express,
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fragola, Anthony N.
Erotic dream machine.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)610347728
Named Person: Alain Robbe-Grillet; Alain Robbe-Grillet; Alain Robbe-Grillet; Alain Robbe-Grillet; Alain Robbe-Grillet
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony N Fragola; Alain Robbe-Grillet; Roch Charles Smith
ISBN: 0809317982 9780809317981 0809320045 9780809320042
OCLC Number: 25372855
Description: xi, 190 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
pt. 1. Films. 2. First Films: Last Year at Marienbad and L'Immortelle. 3. Trans-Europ-Express. 4. Man Who Lies. 5. Film and Its Double: Eden and After and N Took the Dice. 6. Progressive Slidings of Pleasure. 7. Playing With Fire. 8. Belle Captive. 9. Projects and Previews --
pt. 2. On Making Films. 10. Technique. 11. World of Film. 12. Art of Film.
Responsibility: Anthony N. Fragola and Roch C. Smith.
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In this revealing series of interviews with Alain Robbe-Grillet, Anthony N. Fragola and Roch C. Smith provide an intimate, perceptive profile of the artist. Known primarily as a writer whose experimental novels have had a major influence on the writing of fiction in the twentieth century, Robbe-Grillet is also a highly acclaimed filmmaker whose works include Last Year at Marienbad, L'Immortelle, Trans-Europ-Express, and The Progressive Slidings of Pleasure.

Robbe-Grillet is a visionary who seeks to discover unfamiliar ways of seeing and interpreting. His films, like his novels, challenge the limits of expected narrative structures and question the comfortable assumptions of conventional realism. In the interviews, conducted from 1982 until 1991, Fragola and Smith examine all nine of the films that Robbe-Grillet has created, specifically exploring the cultural milieu to which they are so closely and problematically related.

This is the first such work in which Robbe-Grillet comprehensively discusses his views on aesthetics, philosophy, sociology, and literature as well as on filmmaking. The reader is encouraged to view him from a variety of perspectives: as the auteur who probes various stylistic techniques and devices, especially the use of eroticism as a structural metaphor; as the international artist who discusses the complex structures, allusions, and thematic intentions that occur in his films; as the detached observer exploring his own use of stereotypes and myths; and as the impassioned creator who defends and explains his position concerning the controversial depiction of sado-eroticism in his films.

This book conveys a wide awareness and keen appreciation of Robbe-Grillet's films, especially to American audiences where they are least known. Certain to be a lasting tribute to Robbe-Grillet's cinematic work, it will encourage informed discussion among students and scholars. The book includes a gallery of illustrations from Robbe-Grillet's films as well as a filmography and bibliography of his work and works about him.

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"Here is Robbe-Grillet at his best: witty, controversial, and often brilliant. Even his detractors will be charmed by his intelligence as they gain insight into films as varied as "Last Year at Read more...

 
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