Le combat dans l'île

1962

Drama / Thriller

63
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 573

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Jean-Louis Trintignant as Dr. Carlo De Marchi
Jean-Pierre Melville as Un membre de l'organisation
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104 min
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Reviewed by oOgiandujaOo_and_Eddy_Merckx 6 / 10 / 10

The Romy Schneider show

Le Combat dans l'île is a political film about a right-wing reactionary, the racist Clément played by Jean-Louis Trintignant; his childhood friend Paul (Henri Serre), left-wing printer; and love interest Anne (Romy Schneider). Clément and Anne are in a rut, she an ex-actress, now a kept woman, he a son of a wealthy industrialist, very serious and eager to kill lefty politicians. She likes to pass herself around, wedding ring or no, he treats her as if she were personal property, they are deserving of one another. Anne's slatternly behaviour appears to be foreplay for unhealthy sex as Clément physically abuses her and she submits. Trintignant is not really up to the part, not in the mindset of the character, but Schneider really wows. You can almost sense cinematographer Lhomme's enthusiasm as he follows her around as she pelts the camera with daisies, under her spell. That is the meat of the movie, images of Romy Schneider, for more after this fashion see her in L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot, a documentary of footage from an extremely ambitious Clouzot production that didn't get off the ground assembled recently by Serge Bromberg. L'enfer is the concept of fascination with Romy Schneider taken to ruinous extremes. These early scenes are accompanied by an ominous and weary soundtrack, which was very noirish. I would have been perfectly content for the movie to continue in this manner and end badly, but the scriptwriters went for the political angle, and turned this into a bildungsroman of sorts. That is to say the movie becomes about Anne's growth and she redeems herself under the wing of Paul. This second half of the movie is dissatisfying, firstly in that it becomes propagandish, Clément is shown as being part of a shady international network of fascists holding old grudges, whereas of course Paul lives the simple life. Clément's communist equivalents were just as militant and obscure, but the movie doesn't show this. The element of personal growth here is also not very satisfying, generally in the bildungsroman form you get personal growth being achieved only by painstaking efforts, Anne here is doing little more than bedhopping and having a nice stay in the country on Paul's tab. The action sequence at the end of the film (which the title refers to) is handled with an absolute minimum of suspense and is bizarrely anticlimactic, even it's mere existence didn't seem in keeping with the rest of the film, as if director and scriptwriter couldn't get straight what type of story they were telling.

Reviewed by bob998 6 / 10 / 10

Alain Cavalier's fine debut

For Alain Cavalier's first film, he turned to a very interesting story of politics and violent action. Godard had already made Le Petit soldat a short time before, and the street violence that accompanied the Algerian war was on everyone's mind. Clément is a spoiled little boy in a man's body, with a rich father who is impatient with his son's immature actions. Anne is a glamorous would-be actress who has had enough time to understand that she made a bad choice of husband in Clément. Paul is the one uninteresting character, a Boy Scout who runs a print shop and has left-wing ideals. Trintignant is a little inexperienced in 1961; he would go on to make The Conformist with Bertolucci, which is the definitive statement on the broken souls who made fascism so powerful in Europe. Sometimes he struggles to make Clément's bigotry and warped machismo effective. Romy Schneider seems never to put a foot wrong in her movies; she was a natural talent and her directors let her roam around in her characters. As Anne, she has a verve and spontaneity that are delightful to see. Finally, there is Pierre Asso as Serge, the veteran terrorist who assists Clement on his first kill; he has a face that is thin, mournful and somehow terrifying. A wonderful performance.

Reviewed by wes-connors 6 / 10 / 10

Dueling Ideologies

As a winter of discontent ends in Paris, militaristic Jean-Louis Trintignant (as Clement Lesser) plans to assassinate a unionist politician. When his clandestine "hunting club" fails to achieve success, Mr. Trintignant must hide from authorities. He and alluring wife Romy Schneider (as Anne) take refuge with Trintignant's childhood chum Henri Serre (as Paul). Trintignant leaves to square things with former cohort Pierre Asso (as Serge) while Ms. Schneider resumes her (stage) acting career. Absent her husband, Schneider falls into Mr. Serre's bed. Then, Trintignant returns and wants to get combative... This was the first feature from director Alain Cavalier, here assisted by Louis Malle. The leading men are meant to represent two extreme sides of the political aisle - commonly called right-wing (tending toward fascism in the extreme) and left-wing (tending toward communism in the extreme). Unfortunately, the film does not relay much of the men's friendship; we do not care that they become rivals. Most interesting is the relationship between Trintignant and Schneider, which may border (at least) on sadomasochism. There is good black-and-white photography by Pierre Lhomme, especially the location scenes. ****** Le combat dans l'ile (8/17/62) Alain Cavalier ~ Romy Schneider, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Henri Serre, Pierre Asso

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