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And God Created Jean-Louis Trintignant

Sunday, April 21, 2013
3:00 p.m. Trans-Europ-Express
Alain Robbe-Grillet (France, 1968)

Imported 35mm Print!

“As challenging and influential again today as it was in the 1960s.”—Senses of Cinema

At the Gare du Nord railroad station in Paris, three people board the Trans-Europ-Express going to Antwerp. They are a film director (Alain Robbe-Grillet himself), his assistant (Catherine Robbe-Grillet), and producer (Samy Helfon). A man (Trintignant) stumbles in and out of their train compartment, and it is decided he should be cast as Elias, a drug runner, in their upcoming film. Trans-Europ-Express is “filled with cutbacks, recapitulations, inconsistencies, and broad parodies of such moviemakers as Hitchcock and Godard. Spoofy sex is provided by toothsome Marie-France Pisier as a double-agent prostitute, plus the deadpan hero’s fatal fetish for naked girls locked up in chains” (Time).

• Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet. Photographed by Willy Kurant. With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-France Pisier, Charles Millot, Christian Barbier. (105 mins, In French with English subtitles, 35mm, From Institut Français)