Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Drama, Women -- Switzerland -- Drama

La salamandre

  • Introduction

    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.

Jason Sanders
  • Alain Tanner
  • John Berger
  • Renato Berta
  • Sandro Bernardoni
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 128 mins

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La salamandre (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1995

The films of Alain Tanner (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1993

Alain Tanner: a film poet between utopia and realism (monograph), Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Christian Dimitriu, 1991

La salamandre (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1981

La salamandre (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1975

Alchemy in a sausage factory (review), Village Voice, Molly Haskell, 1972

La salamandre (review), 1972

Swiss miss (review), Saturday Review, Thomas Meehan, 1972

La salamandre (broadcast transcript), WINS, Bob Salmaggie, 1972

La salamandre (review), Catholic Film Newsletter, 1972

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