Cinema: Survival Course

LA SALAMANDRE

Directed by ALAIN TANNER

Screenplay by ALAIN TANNER and JOHN BERGER

This is a witty, quietly savage little amorality play about a resilient young nymph named Rosemonde (Bulle Ogier) and the two men she seduces, outrages and finally confounds.

Pierre (Jean-Luc Bideau) and Paul (Jacques Denis) are self-professed intellectuals who are hired to write a film script about an incident in which Rosemonde, a worker in a sausage factory, allegedly tried to shoot her uncle. Paul insists on using a documentary approach, interviewing Rosemonde, questioning her motives about what she insists was "an accident." Pierre would rather re-create Rosemonde totally out of...

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