Jean Genet, enfant terrible of French literature, spent part of his life in captivity. In this voyeuristic visual poem, prisoners, locked in their cells, are also trapped in their homoerotic fantasies. The film was not authorised for public screenings until the mid-seventies.
After the end of World War II Karin, a young displaced woman from Lithuania, marries Italian fisherman Antonio to get away from her internment camp. But the life on Antonio’s island, Stromboli, threatened by its volcano, is a tough one and Karin cannot get used to it.
An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a string of affairs in fin de siècle Vienna. Soldiers, chambermaids, poets, prostitutes, aristocrats – all revolve equally around a circle of interconnected love.
petites plantes errantes
des faubourgs de Mexico-City
au ventre de leur mère
au ventre de la terre
et de la misère
enfants trop tôt adolescents
“There was theatre (Griffith), poetry (Murnau), painting (Rosselini), dance (Eisenstein), music (Renoir). Henceforth there is cinema. And the cinema is Nicholas Ray.”
The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.
“Oh, there’s nothing so different about them. After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.”
Louis Calhern’s Alonzo Emmerich