pbk 86 pages
JEAN CLAUDE CARRIERE
THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK
Translated by Solvene Tiffou
The hit play ' L'Aide-Mémoire' from France
One morning, Jean-Jacques leaves his door ajar - and a total stranger slips into his life. Is she deranged, a squatter, or a woman from his past? As a lawyer, he should know how to get rid of her, but as a man, he has no idea. His orderly world is turned upside-down when what started as a comic encounter changes his life forever.
Jean-Jacques has just ushered the 134th conquest of his life through the front door of his studio apartment when the world turns upside down. In strolls Suzanne, a pretty blonde looking for a mysterious M. Ferrand... She refuses to leave his flat so he lets this complete stranger stay. She lazes and reads the eponymous book which details his love-life, blow by blow. Soon, for no reason, there is a sea-change and Jean-Jacques cannot live without, nay worships the sometimes seductive but often irritating Suzanne, who inevitably begins to play it cool. The British Theatre Guide
'I tell Carrière that, at the start, the woman reminded me of a heroine from Thirties screwball comedy: she has the mad, almost autistic sense of entitlement of, say, Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby. 'Yes, there's certainly a firm decision to remain there,' says Carrière and an initial tendency to act and think in straight lines. And would it be fair to say that the play is reminiscent, in a more teasing mode, of Last Tango in Paris rather as though Bertolucci's movie had been rewritten by that incisive 18th-century analyst of the heart, Pierre Marivaux? 'Yes, but it's sexier than Last Tango in Paris,' counters Carrière, who has a nice way with twinkling irony. 'You could say that it's like Last Tango in that it's a love story between a man, a woman and an apartment.' The Independent
Jean Claude Carriere
Adapted 'The Mahabharata' for Peter Brook and recently 'Proof'
by David Auburn. He has written films with many directors including 'The Unbearable Lightness Of Being','The Tin Drum' and 'Cyrano De Bergerac'.