Really sad news. ARG changed my life. Both the novels and his films really changed the way I though about what a film/novel should or could be. I also think his work and in particular Marienbad is SO very relevant to new media principles as defined by Manovich.
I'd love to see or contribute to a special edition of a journal on ARG...????
> Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 09:25:42 +0000
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> Hi all,
> sad to hear of the death, at 85, of Alain Robbe-Grillet, his contribution to cinema, my personal history of cinema, is paramount.
> The challenge of his work is still evident in the discussions he promotes amongst my film students. And Marienbad has become a
> touchstone for many of us over the years. My favourite memory , if you will indulge me, was at the Sussex University Film Society
> circa 1977 when my friend Nigel Floyd and I decided on a screening of Marienbad, I dutifully introduced the film to about, if
> memory serves, 100 members and then our 16 mil. copy began to roll, no subtitles, Nigel and I exchanged glances and shrugged
> shoulders and sat back to enjoy its hypnotic, some might say soporific powers. The film ended, we smiled at each other with
> undergraduate satisfaction, turned around (we sat at the front..there is a debate, where do we sit?) to gauge the impact on our
> fellow viewers, the auditorium was empty, we had lost our audience, a wonderful, almost hilarious moment, yes Robbe-Grillet and
> all his pals will long have a glorious role in cinema history.
> A. Fair
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