Thursday, July 12, 2007

Uncle Jean (Godard) in Rivette's first feature

I couldn't fit this into my episode on Rivette a few months back, so I now offer it up in the spirit of rarity. The recent festival at the Museum of the Moving Image showed us how simply amazing Jacques Rivette's work is, and how pathetic it is that none of the first two decades of his work is available on DVD in the U.S. (including the films that do have official U.S. distributors, who are currently sitting on them). This first feature is the full-blown beginning of his presenting "conspriracies" which are gradually unravelled — but almost never solved — by a protagonist (usually a woman). Here in Paris Nous Appartient (Paris Belongs to Us) (1960), our intrepid lead seeks information from a ladies man (still with hair, and sporting the infamous shades and cigarette), played by JLG. We NEED these films in good copies, legally distributed in the U.S.!

In the meantime, you can find much brilliant reading matter on this artiste supreme at

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