Trans-Europ-Express

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The second film from novelist-screenwriter (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD) Alain Robbe-Grillet, which, as expected, has a narrative line so complex that a slide rule may come in handy. At its most basic, TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS is about a train trip from Paris to Antwerp on which Robbe-Grillet and his wife are passengers. Also on board but in a different space and...read more

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The second film from novelist-screenwriter (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD) Alain Robbe-Grillet, which, as expected, has a narrative line so complex that a slide rule may come in handy. At its most basic, TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS is about a train trip from Paris to Antwerp on which Robbe-Grillet and

his wife are passengers. Also on board but in a different space and time is gangster Trintignant, who also plays himself, an actor in a film titled "Trans-Europ-Express" that Robbe-Grillet and his wife are planning to film. Robbe-Grillet takes great liberties with narrative form, commenting on the

action and even cutting out portions seen earlier in the film, all in a humorous manner. The title itself is a play on literary allusions, with "Transes" being the name of a detective story included in the film, "Europe" an adult magazine a character buys, and "L'Express" a popular French

magazine. (In French; English subtitles.)

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  • Review: The second film from novelist-screenwriter (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD) Alain Robbe-Grillet, which, as expected, has a narrative line so complex that a slide rule may come in handy. At its most basic, TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS is about a train trip from Paris to Ant… (more)

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