Alain Robbe-Grillet is best known as the creator of the Nouveau Roman and screenwriter of Alain Resnais’ cinegeek wetdream ‘Last Year at Marienbad‘ (there would have been no Calvin Klein Obsession ads without it)—but he directed his share of milestone avant garde films. Often considered the best of them is ‘L’Immortelle,’ which screens through Friday. Even if you’re not into enigmatic films wide open to interpretation, it’s worth seeing just for the 1963 French fashion. On all levels, Robbe-Grillet’s work is visually alluring. What drives people mad is trying to “understand” Robbe-Grillet’s films, but for the writer-director, often a cigar is just a cigar. In ‘L’Immortelle,” a professor goes on a quest through the crazy streets of Istanbul. Our advice: Just go along for the ride.

Robbe-Grillet films will screen through Jan. 29. See the full schedule. On the almost-first-anniversary of the French tastemaker’s death, see what he had to say.