L’éden et après, 1970
Alain Robbe-Grillet, the prime of mise-en-scène. Writter of the famous “Last year at Marienbad”, directed by Alain Resnais, amongst others.
“L’éden et après” is a one-of-a-kind experience, a film that can be cathartic, in which the viewer must be ready to fill in wherever necessary, since the play is set in the place of dreams and imaginary. Now and then it escalates to the world of reality to confront the viewer with his drives and then we get a glimpse of how authentic our inner impulses are. As always, the erotic urges, fear and deathly desires are at the core of the piece. Formally it is superb, completely set in the world of art, from architecture to performance arts, including several movements within the fine arts. A masterpiece of mise-en-scène everyone should have the opportunity to watch.
A lecture by Alain Robbe-Grillet at San Francisco University, in April 1989, can be seen here