Three Lives And Only One Death

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Fantasy

An extraordinary film from Chilean director Raul Ruiz. Radio personality Pierre Bellemare -- France's answer to Robert Ripley of Believe It or Not fame -- narrates four tales of the uncanny, each starring Marcello Mastroianni as a man driven by inexplicable compulsions. In the first story, he leaves his wife one afternoon to buy a pack of cigarettes and...read more

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An extraordinary film from Chilean director Raul Ruiz. Radio personality Pierre Bellemare -- France's answer to Robert Ripley of Believe It or Not fame -- narrates four tales of the uncanny, each starring Marcello Mastroianni as a man driven by

inexplicable compulsions. In the first story, he leaves his wife one afternoon to buy a pack of cigarettes and doesn't return for 20 years. In another, he's a respected professor at the Sorbonne who one day finds himself living the life of a street beggar with a strong aversion to Carlos

Casteneda. The stories are all ingeniously linked, and together they form a filmic puzzle box full of trompe l'oeil surfaces and false bottoms. Indebted equally to Bunuel, Barthes and Braque, Ruiz's film is intensely cinematic, but dedicated to the exploration of the curious nature of fiction in

general, in the way stories reflect and bleed into one another and are subsumed by larger texts. In the words of Bellemare, a story can be so true, it'll happen twice.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: An extraordinary film from Chilean director Raul Ruiz. Radio personality Pierre Bellemare -- France's answer to Robert Ripley of Believe It or Not fame -- narrates four tales of the uncanny, each starring Marcello Mastroianni as a man driven by inexplica… (more)

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