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A Thirty-Year Wait.,
This review is from: LE PONT DU NORD (Masters of Cinema) (DVD) (DVD)
Thank you to the Masters of Cinema Series for releasing this film.
I saw it thirty years ago and it has stayed with me ever since.
How well it survives the test of time remains to be seen, so the
five stars is an act of faith but also an award for the adventurous
policy of the distributors.
Rivette is undoubtedly a major influential figure in World Cinema
but I would remind people that he, like Truffaut, gives himself the
modest (lower case) mise en scene credit at the end. Not for him the
pompous, grandiose "A film by" authorial title that is common-place
today and often unearned and unwarrented. His roots are in the theatre
and he knows that it is a group enterprise. He brings together a
regular team of writers, actors and technicians so it would be much
fairer and more accurate to see him as a superb conductor leading
a small orchestra of soliosts. Viva la bande de Rivette!
PS What about Out 1 now?
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R. Chapman says:
Seeing as I had the cheek to review it before the release I felt I should add a follow up after actually seeing it again. An extraordinary documentary of Paris in 1980 in a state of transformation made under the star of Feuillade, mixed with a fairytale/thriller. It is a dense, wildly ambitious, multi-layered labyrinth that combines Don Quixote, the Western, children's games and conspiracies and, while not entirely successful in all areas, is endlessly fascinating. The action unfolds in a score of wonderfully chosen, evocative Parisian locations, from the well-known to the obscure, many of which are in a state of demolition and so will no longer exist, providing inventive settings for Rivette's mise en scene. For me it is a lament to the failure of the radical left who resorted to terrorism and were crushed by the state leaving the Europe we know today moving increasingly to the right. If it doesn't quite reach the sublime heights of Celine and Julie it remains essential viewing for lovers of Rivette, Paris and serious cinema.
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