Sex and surrealism à la Française | Offscreen
In the early seventies, French cinema was enriched by the work of several cineasts who excelled in a – for its time – daring combination of surrealism and eroticism. The films of Jean Rollin are drenched in typical French fantastique, full of phantasmagorical imagery and open sexuality. In his second feature film, “La Vampire nue” ("The Nude Vampire"), he uses elements of science-fiction, vampirism, fetishism and erotica in a sumptuous mix of the surreal and supernatural.
Alain Robbe-Grillet was one of the auteurs of the Nouveau Roman, the literary equivalent of the Nouvelle Vague. In his films, he combines the movement's existentialism with the surrealism and sexploitation of the seventies. The psychedelic cult film “Glissements Progressifs du Plaisir” ("Successive Slidings of Pleasure") can be described as intellectualistic yet campy grindhouse: a kinky trip filled with nude Françaises, lost in a web of grotesque masochism and sadism.