La Prisonnière (1968)

WOW. One of the most cinematically stimulating and erotic movies I’ve ever seen. Has a graphic quality and grasp of cinematic language and technique that just sends my heart racing. It reminded me of the first time I saw Point Blank (one of my ten favourite movies of all time) where every shot, cut and creative choice felt like a shock to the senses. Similar to how Powell used it in Peeping Tom and how De Palma would later in Body Double, Clouzot uses voyeurism as a prism to reckon with sex, cinema and the way the two will always be linked. It’s also a deeply personal essay on his own obsessions. A radical masterwork.

Watched on blu-ray

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