Sunday, February 24, 2013

Movie Ads of the Week: TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS (1968) and THE MAN WHO LIES (1970)

Back in December we had the pleasure of seeing Alain Robbe-Grillet's TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS (1966) and THE MAN WHO LIES (1968) in watchable, sub-titled versions -- and on a decent-sized screen to boot! -- thanks to a one-day-only double bill shown as part of the Film Forum's salute to actor Jean-Louis Trintignant. The series, while hardly exhaustive (Where was THE SLEEPING CAR MURDERS? THE LIBERTINE? WITHOUT APPARENT MOTIVE? DEATH LAID AN EGG? THE FRENCH CONSPIRACY? DEADLY SWEET? THE CROOK?), did offer the chance to see these two mind-twisters as well as a couple of other obscurities, like the uncut AND HOPE TO DIE. The word on the street is that a certain company shelled out big bucks (thus outbidding our friends at Mondo Macabro) on the U.S. rights to release these and three other Robbe-Grillet movies on DVD, so sometime before the end of the year we should be upgrading our blur-o-vision DVD-R of TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS and viewing THE MAN WHO LIES, EDEN AND AFTER (1970), N TAKES THE DICE (1971) and SUCCESSIVE SLIDINGS OF PLEASURE (1974) in the comfort of the Temple screening room.

Now, about these ads: TRANS-EUROP-EXPRESS made its Big Apple debut on May 12, 1968 through the AIP subsidiary Trans-American Films, while Grove Press' Evergreen Films opened THE MAN WHO LIES in New York on April 13, 1970.

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