a tale of a few cities

Jacques Rivette at Venice Flim Fest

Posted in Cinéma by petercombe on September 2, 2009


My favorite living director, Jacques Rivette has a film, “36 vues du Pic Saint Loup”  (Around a Small Mountain) representing France at this year’s Venice film festival. Jane Birkin Stars in the the film. Rivette’s last film, “The Duchess of Langeais” was a bit of a dud, a let-down after 2001’s Va savoir (Who Knows?). Maybe I needed to familiarize myself with the novel by Honoré de Balzac before watching the film. I recommend seeing L’amour fou (Mad Love) (1968; 252 minutes) and Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies Over Paris (Céline and Julie Go Boating: Phantom Ladies Over Paris) (1974; 192 minutes). These films seem to go on for hours, but a marvelous escape. I am surprised at the length of his more recent feature.

Around a Small Mountain / 36 vues du Pic Saint-Loup

Jacques Rivette, 2009, France, 85m

The legendary 81-year-old French New Wave veteran Jacques Rivette returns with an elegiac look at the final days of a small-time traveling circus, mixing theater and life and the gray areas in between.



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  1. Kabir said, on September 15, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    love the works of Rivette. Thanks for posting this.

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