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Three Crowns of the Sailor

Introduction By David Gatten

Three Crowns of the Sailor
Made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Institut national de l'audiovisuel.
Raúl Ruiz’s dazzling opium dream of a film, Three Crowns of the Sailoris centered on an encounter between a student who has just committed a brutal murder and a drunken sailor who persuades the scared youth to accompany him to a nearby dance hall and listen to his macabre life story. Discovering that he’s condemned to remain the only living member of the crew, the sailor passes through a series of adventures in brothels and Latin American ports, all of which take place in a vividly surreal limbo world that Ruiz and master cinematographer Sacha Vierny (Hiroshima mon amour, Belle de jour) fashioned out of real locations in Paris and Portugal using a series of ingenious optical effects. “Paradoxes build on paradoxes and logic on illogic,” wrote Chicago Reader film reviewer David Kehr. “And yet the game has a serious end, building toward a world stripped of substance, in which everything signifies but nothing means.” An NYFF22 selection.

Three Crowns of the Sailor

Thu March 9, 2017, 7:30 PM, VAC Basement Auditorium (1B20)

France, 1983, in French, Black and White, 35mm • official site

Director: Raúl Ruiz, Writer: Raúl Ruiz, François Ede, Emilio Del Solar, Cast: Jean-Bernard Guillard, Philippe Deplanche, Jean Badin, Nadège Clair, Lisa Lyon

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