Four chapters based on the birth of a 'secret child', or a film, with chapter titles: "La séction Césarienne" (Caesarian section: a descriptive detail introducing the mother); "Le dernier ... See full summary »
Henri de Maublanc,
A 4-year-old child is the element from and around which the action develops, and brings sentiments and emotions to light. The French word révélateur" describes the prodedure to develop or "reveal" film negatives.
The familiar conflicts of a film director planning to make a movie about his life and the confrontation he has with his wife, an actress who was turned down for such project in which she wanted to play herself.
1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail... See full summary »
"The Virgin's Bed" is a tale of the Christ unlike any other. Pierre Clementi is a hippyish Jesus and Zouzou, she of "Love in the Afternoon", is either his mother and/or Mary Magdelene and the setting is hard to determine, but is almost certainly not 2,000 years ago and not even 1969 when the film was made but an indeterminate future. In other words this is vaguely allegorical rather than literate, a kind of home movie Passion Play shot in black and white with only a very tenuous link to the stories of Christ we know from the Bible. The writer and director was a 21 year old Philippe Garrel and you might argue this was aimed squarely at French students and intellectuals. Garrel, it would seem, doesn't give a damn about finding an international audience.
Is it any good? Well, of course, that depends on just how seriously you take it. There were times when I felt Monty Python might have had a field day with this material. Others may look at Clementi and think of Pasolini. Personally I think it's just the kind of film a student, wanting to give two fingers to the New Wave, might come with. Nico sings on the soundtrack and she's the best thing about this.
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