“Some filmmakers tend to always do the same film over and over again," says Louis Malle. “I really don’t blame them for that, and in a certain way I envy them. Maybe it’s easier or more comfortable. I am a victim to my restless curiosity.” And when you think of cinema’s most brilliant filmmakers, it’s not only the auteurs whose work has solidified their place in history, it’s also the directors whose range gives us a unpredictable and vast array of films covering myriad genres, topics, and styles. And if there’s one director whose work truly encompassed it all, it was Malle. From The Lovers and The Fire Within to My Dinner with Andre and Phantom India, his oeuvre travels from the French New Wave to Hollywood pictures and that of the non-fiction world.
“Like many other movies that have their origins in a general idea, which characters and their story, Alamo Bay is almost shamefully clumsy and superficial – it’s manufactured ‘art.’ Watching it is an unhappy experience that never becomes illuminating.”