L'immortelle


1969

Brief Synopsis

A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes. After several days of their sadly passionate relationship she disappears. The sad man is unable to locate her as all the local Turkish people pretend not to remember any such woman. He suddenly finds her again (she finds him?) and before she can explain her disappearance she is killed in a car crash while he is in the passenger seat. He replays the accident over and over in his mind trying to remember how she died if he caused the accident himself by grabbing the wheel.

Film Details

Also Known As
L'immortale
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 19 Mar 1969
Production Company
Cocinor; Colo Films; Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.; Hamle; Les Films Tamara
Distribution Company
Grove Press
Country
France

Technical Specs

Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

On a walkway near the harbor in Istanbul, N, a young French professor, meets a mysterious Frenchwoman who refuses to divulge her real name and seems to be accompanied by a Turk (M) and two large dogs. L, as the woman becomes known, takes N on a tour of the mosques, cemeteries, and other sites and then suddenly vanishes. N frantically searches for her, making inquiries with people around town who probably know her but will not talk. Just as abruptly, however, she reappears; N sees her in the crowded city streets, followed by M and his dogs. Although L seems preoccupied, she insists that she is alone and suggests that they take a trip out of the city. As they drive through the countryside, one of M's dogs suddenly crosses the road, and L swerves to avoid hitting it. The car crashes, and L is killed. N is obsessed with her memory and again seeks to solve her mystery. His investigation proves fruitless, and he begins to doubt that she ever existed. One day he comes upon L's car, which seems to be undamaged, and buys it. Driving over the same road which he had taken with L, he swerves to avoid hitting M's other dog, crashes, and is killed.

Film Details

Also Known As
L'immortale
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 19 Mar 1969
Production Company
Cocinor; Colo Films; Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.; Hamle; Les Films Tamara
Distribution Company
Grove Press
Country
France

Technical Specs

Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Filmed on location in Istanbul. Opened in Paris in March 1963; in Rome in September 1963 as L'immortale. Catherine Carayon is also credited as Catherine Robbe-Grillet.