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Biopic based on the life of author Raymond Roussel. (imdb)
Antoinette is the Duchess of Langeais, a married coquette who frequents the most extravagant balls in 1820's Paris during The Restoration, where hypocrisy and vanity reign.
Julien lives alone with his cat. He dreams of Marie, and a few minutes later, he sees her on the street and makes a date... (imdb)
A romantic comedy which follows three men and three women as they become entangled in each other's lives during a brief run of a play in Paris. (Sony Pictures Classics)
A young biologist (Sylvie) is thrown into confusion when her brother (Paul) tries to persuade her that their father, who fell off a train five years ago, was actually killed by his right hand man (Walser). Walser now runs their father's company. Sylvie is not convinced, but Paul has decided to have his revenge.
The film follows the story of three girls in contemporary Paris. One searches for her lost mother since she knows she's adopted. The other has come out of a coma and needs to have a love relationship aside from his mysterious father. The third one is a crook who redeems herself through love. The action is commented by songs and dance routines. (imdb)
The first of Rivette's two films about Joan charts her story from her first revelation through the Battle of Orleans, where the wisp of a girl is both the tough leader rubbing shoulders with foul-mouthed, hot-tempered career soldiers and the blubbering young woman who cries when hit with an arrow. (KG)
The second of two films charting the ordeal of Joan of Arc, Jacques Rivette's Joan the Maid: The Prisons takes the teenage soldier from her greatest triumph to martyrdom. Having liberated Orleans, Joan accompanies the Dauphin to Rheims, where she observes his coronation--but her string of victories soon ends. Her voices and visions leave her, and behind-the-scenes diplomacy discourages her from continuing her campaign. (KG)
Serge Daney interviews Jacques Rivette.
"Divertimento" is a shorter version of the 1991 "La Belle noiseuse". All the material different of "La Belle noiseuse" (imdb)
The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife on his countryside residence in the French Provence... (imdb)
A film following the lives of four female roomates.
Chaplin and Birkin are actresses taken up by an enigmatic playwright and installed in his fabulous suburban mansion in order to perform a play for one of his house parties.
Two women with more than a screw loose, Marie (LaFee no less!, played by Bulle Ogier) and Baptiste (played by her daughter Pascale), roam about demolition sites in a gray and wintry Paris. Maybe they are bricks in some sinister scheme, maybe they are playing a board game, maybe it's a fairy tale, maybe it's just complete nonsense and Rivette is having us on. (KG)
Paris s'en va (1981) - Short Film
Before Le Pont du Nord Rivette films Paris s'en va, a short film of approximately 25 minutes. He works with the same actors and the same technical team on both films. Henry Chapier who produced the short: "At the beginning of the '80s nobody was interested in Rivette's highly imaginative project Le Pont du Nord. Therefore Rivette came up with a kind of 'transposition' of the themes of Le Pont du Nord in the shape of Paris s'en va..." (KG)
Merry-Go-Round, shot in 1978 but unreleased until 1983 was Rivette's first film after suffering a nervous breakdown just days into the shooting of the original 'Histoire de Marie et Julien'. It stars Joe Dallesandro, as New Yorker Ben Phillips, and Maria Schneider, as the sexy and mysterious Léo Hoffmann. As strangers who are summoned to Paris by a mutual acquaintance. Upon arrival, they meet and soon find themselves tangled in a complex mystery. (KG)
An experimental examination of memory, told with a story about Nazi hunters.
This is part one of what was to be Jacques Rivette's four-part project "Scenes de la Vie Parallelle". The idea was to create four different films with a running sub-plot involving a mythical war between goddesses of the Sun and the Moon, fighting for possession of a mysterious jewel... (imdb comments)
A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives pre-empted by a strange boudoir melodrama... (imdb)
A shorter (4 hour) version of Out 1, a 12 1/2 hour fusion of lengthy improvised sequences with a modern adaptation of a mystery story by the French writer Balzac, creating a work of constantly shifting meaning. (guardian.co.uk)
Out 1 is about two different theater troupes trying to put on plays by Aeschylus. As the film continues these characters and a few others begin to cross paths and interact.
The disintegrating relationship of a theatre director-actor and his actress-wife.
In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior (Madame de Moni, Sister Sainte-Christine, and Madame de Chelles) treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire. Suzanne's virtue brings disaster to everyone in this faithful adaptation of a bitter attack on religious abuses by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot. (imdb)
Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend's party where the guests include Philip Kaufman... (imdb)
Le coup du berger (1956) - Short Film
Claire (Virginie Vitry) is a chic young Parisian woman married to a somewhat older husband, Claude (Jean-Claude Brialy). As this 28-minute trifle opens, she leaves her husband playing baroque music at the piano, telling him she is off to see her sister, Solange.