René Clair's 1942 fantasy-- featuring Frederic March, Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward, and a dizzily perfect Veronica Lake--is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection. I share some thoughts on its darkly atmospheric blend of satire, romance and desperation over at Cinespect.
I like, I don't like: this is of no importance to anyone; this, apparently, has no meaning. And yet all this means: my body is not the same as yours. Hence, in this anarchic foam of tastes and distastes, a kind of listless blur, gradually appears the figure of a bodily enigma, requiring complicity or irritation. Here begins the intimidation of the body, which obliges others to endure me liberally, to remain silent and polite confronted by pleasures or rejections which they do not share.--Roland Barthes