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Author Topic: Destory, She Said/Déitruire, Dit-Elle (Marguerite Duras, 1969)  (Read 1844 times)

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I'm still making my way through the films of Alain Robbe-Grillet (some I have to watch more than once, others I have to watch in several sittings) and I've also starting reading up on Marguerite Duras.  I enjoyed her novella Destroy She Said and was wondering if anyone has the film adaptation she did?  It started out as a proposed stage play, then became a book which was then planned to be adapted into a stage play but became a film instead followed several years later by a stage adaptation.

I'm looking for this film and others by Duras.  Other than THE LOVER and HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (a favorite of mine), none of her stuff has been available in America and not recently in France either.  Her film NATHALIE GRANGER is coming out on DVD from Blaq Out, an art film company that also put out Bruno Dumont's awful TWENTYNINE PALMS as well as Raul Ruiz's great HYPOTHESIS OF THE STOLEN PAINTING.

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Haven´t seen this one, but another nice, and very strange, film by Duras is INDIA SONG, supposedly she wanted to make "a film without images"... Was quite a few years since i watched it, but as i remember it was one of a kind. A bit similar to LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD perhaps, but even less plotoriented.
There recently was a big Duras retrospective at the Stockholm cinematek, missed the whole thing.
Nice to see a fellow Robbe-Grillet fantast, by the way, you don´t happen to have his N A PRIS LE DÉS??
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Nice to see a fellow Robbe-Grillet fantast, by the way, you don´t happen to have his N A PRIS LE DÉS??

Afraid not.  I'm looking for that one too,

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I acquired a 16mm print of DESTORY back in the mid 1970s and got a chance to see her talk about INDIA SONG when it showed at the NYFF which I attended back then. That's her most interesting anti-film, which breaks all the conventional rules of representation, narrative and blocking, just a hypnotic, miminalist commenatry on repeated gestures and images which will drive those who expect action, sex, violence into extreme frustation.
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