Jon Winet is a professor of Intermedia at the University of Iowa. He saw La Salamandre the year it came out.
A witty, shaggy, freewheeling tale.John Powers, Vogue
Bulle Ogier, Jean-Luc Bideau, Jacques Denis,
Two self-proclaimed writers attempt to retell how a young woman shot her uncle in Tanner and cowriter John Berger’s intelligent portrait of the free and the defiant—and of the dead-end jobs, old men, and “nitwits” that get in their way. One writer prefers facts, the other fantasy; the woman’s truth isn’t in between their approaches, but way beyond them. The great French actress Bulle Ogier (Out 1; Celine and Julie Go Boating) stars as the post-hippie, pre-punk modern girl at the film’s center. Coming of age in a Swiss capitalist wonderland, too downtrodden to join it, too detached to smash it, she is a precursor of a generation to come.