La prisonnière


1h 47m 1969

Brief Synopsis

Stanislas Hassler blazes the development of modern art in his gallery, packed with works of surprising shapes, colours and textures, and where exhibitions turn into media events. Gilbert Moreau is one of the artists whose sculptures are on display in the gallery. His wife, Josée, is intrigued by the stern Stanislas, who devotes his free time to photography in an apartment that highlights his sophisticated artistic tastes. But besides enlarged pictures of calligraphic samples, Stanislas is amassing a collection of photographs that reveal a disturbed character. So why would Josée endanger her mature relationship with Gilbert for the morbid observation of Stanislas's hidden personality?

Film Details

Also Known As
La prigioniera, The Female Prisoner
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 Mar 1969
Production Company
Fono Roma; Les Films Corona; Vera Film
Distribution Company
Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

Stanislas Hassler is the owner of a fashionable art gallery in Paris. While exhibiting the work of sculptor Gilbert Moreau, Hassler invites Gilbert's mistress Jose to his apartment and shows her some of his photographs, including one of a naked woman bound in chains. Although unnerved to discover that Hassler's avocation is sadomasochistic photography, Jose cannot erase the image from her mind, and eventually she persuades Hassler to let her observe him work. As Hassler demands that his nude model strike numerous poses simulating erotic bondage, Jose becomes so distraught that she leaves. Bored with her life with Gilbert, however, and fascinated by Hassler's obsession, she later offers to pose for him. Reduced to total submission, Jose lies to Gilbert about her frequent absences and accepts without question Hassler's humiliating arrogance. Hoping to disprove Gilbert's charge that Hassler is impotent, Jose accompanies him to a seaside resort and succeeds in seducing him. Their idyll ends abruptly when Hassler discovers a photograph of himself and Jose taken by a street photographer. Upon learning the details of Jose's affair, Gilbert goes to Hassler's and finds him standing on the roof of his apartment building. Realizing that Hassler wants to be pushed to his death, Gilbert denies him an escape from reality and pulls him back from the ledge. Meanwhile, Jose, who is convinced that she has lost both men, drives off in her car, stalls on a railroad crossing, and is gravely injured in a crash. When Gilbert visits her at the hospital, she is delirious and only murmurs Hassler's name.

Film Details

Also Known As
La prigioniera, The Female Prisoner
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 Mar 1969
Production Company
Fono Roma; Les Films Corona; Vera Film
Distribution Company
Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in November 1968; running time: 110 min. Italian title: La prigioniera. Also known as The Female Prisoner.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in France November 1968

c Eastmancolor

9594 feet

rtg BBFC X

dubbed

Re-released in Paris September 26, 1990.

Released in France November 1968