Les Trois couronnes du matelot (Three Crowns of the Sailor), 1982, Raúl Ruiz

Les Trois couronnes du matelot (Three Crowns of the Sailor)

Regie: Raúl Ruiz; Drehbuch: Raúl Ruiz, François Ede, Emilio de Solar; Kamera: Sacha Vierny; Schnitt: Janine Verneau, Valeria Sarmiento, Jacqueline Simoni-Adamus, Pascale Sueur; Musik: Jorge Arriagada; Darsteller*innen: Jean-Bernard Guillard, Philippe Deplanche, Nadège Clair. FR, 1982, DCP (von 16mm), Farbe und sw, 118 min. Französisch mit engl. UT

We meet the first narrator of this film, who soon becomes a mere listener, just as he murders his mentor. A stranger waiting outside the crime scene coerces him into a deal that will last until dawn: As the price for his escape, the murderer must listen to him, for one night – and at the end, have the three titular Danish crowns ready for a ship's passage. Cinéphilosopher Ruiz tells of imitation, similarities and multiplied identities, quotes Robert Louis Stevenson, maneuvers ships and destinies, alternating between colour and black and white: "What if our prison is so big that we can't leave it?" (R.W.)