Le Grand Départ (1972)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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For most of this experimental, allegorical French movie, the story is told using a reversed color (negative) developing process for the film itself. The director of the film, Martial Raysse, is a painter and sculptor; this is his first full-length feature. The non-narrative story follows the adventures of a man in a cat-mask. He is seen, variously, rescuing people or raping women, or tenderly reassuring a young girl. In short, he is an unpredictable element. He joins forces with someone (Sterling Hayden) who is taking a raft around the world, or maybe out of the world. Highlights of the film are the short scenes which appear with their color the right way 'round.



artist, rape, rescue, sculpture