Movie Diary 1/31/2011

Le combat dans l’île (Alain Cavalier, 1962). Made around the edges of the French New Wave, this truly bizarre movie lacks a director who can make the prevailing nouvelle vague mode into an actual way of seeing the world and not merely a mode. Hard to condense the crazed plot, but Jean-Louis Trintignant is a spoiled right-wing militia plotter whose wife (Romy Schneider) notices the childhood friend (Henri Serre, of Jules and Jim) with whom he shares a somewhat unlikely blood bond. Also, she wants to act on the stage. The black-and-white photography is handsome, but toward the end the movie begins easing toward something tricky yet simplistic.

At my other website, What a Feeling!: Sylvester Stallone’s Cobra, co-starring mirrored blue sunglasses.