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Exiled Chilean director Raoul Ruiz offers up three films that showcase his visually intense, highly metaphysical style.

In Three Crowns of the Sailor (France, 1983, 117 mins.), a surreal drama based on the Chilo myth of "Caleuche," or "The Ship of the Dead," a sailor spins fantastical yarns of far-off brothels, opium dens, and exotic characters for a young boy who just committed murder.

Sacha Vierny (Night and Fog) lends his beautiful black-and-white lensing to the avant-garde staple The Hypothesis of a Stolen Painting (France, 1979, 63 mins.), in which a pompous art collector guides a tour through a fantastic gallery of "living images." As the human artworks begin to smirk and fidget, a new level of spectatorship is introduced into this daring meditation on the relationship between words and images.

And in The Suspended Vocation (France, 1978, 96 mins.), based on a Pierre Klossowski novel about his experiences in the seminary during the German Occupation, Ruiz uses a complex parallel narrative to offer a critical examination of the mysteries of the Catholic Church.


Studio Facets Multimedia
SKU 204144872
UPC 736899106027
UPC 14 00736899106027
Format DVD
Release Date 4/24/2007
Name Ruiz,Raul
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Cast & Crew
Aldo Boselli - [Hypothesis] Actor
Didier Flamand - [Suspended] Actor
Gabriel Gascon - [Suspended] Actor
Jean Badin - [Three] Actor
Jean Raynaud - [Hypothesis] Actor
Jean Rougeul - [Hypothesis] Actor
Jean-Bernard Guillard - [Three] Actor
Maurice Benichou - [Suspended] Actor
Nadege Clair - [Three] Actor
Pascal Bonitzer - [Suspended] Actor
Philippe Deplanche - [Three] Actor
Pierre Latzko - [Hypothesis] Actor
Raoul Ruiz - [All] Director
ReviewSource Strictly Film School
Review [Hypothesis] Inspired by the idiosyncratic personality of author, theorist, and artist Pierre Klossowski whose densely cerebral erotic fiction was influenced by such notorious literary figures as the Marquis de Sade and the excommunicated surrealist Georges Bataille, as well as Klossowski's final novel La Baphomet, The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting is an indelibly haunting, endlessly fascinating, and maddeningly abstruse composition on Pirandellian ambiguity and the inherent subjectivity of perspective. Raoul Ruiz's ingenious use of baroque, compositional tableaux vivants that intrinsically meld static art and corporeal physicality creates a blurred delineation between reality and fiction that, in turn, conflates the multi-layered existential relativity between subject and viewer, operating as both an aesthetic evaluation of the paintings and as a psychological portrait of the eccentric logic behind the conspiracy-obsessed collector.
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Review [Three] Raul Ruiz ("The Golden Boat"/"Genealogies of a Crime") is the prolific Chilean-born director living in Paris since 1973, who makes four feature films a year and has reportedly made some 100 films since his exile. In this low budget multi-layered off-beat drama, he explores in a rambling way the desire to ward off death and the desire to tell a story. The bizarre drama was produced for television and presented in Cannes, and was his first film to be given a world-wide release...The challenging film remains seductive in all the possibilities it evokes telling about the human condition. Its pleasures are derived from the lyrical way it unfolds, and how it makes shadowy figures, ghosts and elusive tales come to life...The yarns are timeless and mystical, and through its rich characterizations it gives us another way to experience such a far-out narrative if we are willing to go along for the ride.
Reviewer Dennis Schwartz
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Ruiz,Raul
Label Facets Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews [Hypothesis] ...a unique occult whodunit...a pure mind trip...
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