Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 67: Mon Mar 7

Paris Belongs to Us (Rivette, 1960): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.40pm


This 35mm screening is part of the Prince Charles Cinema's Jacques Rivette mini-season tribute. You can find all the details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Though more amateurish than the other celebrated first features of the French New Wave, Jacques Rivette's troubled and troubling 1960 account of Parisians in the late 50s remains the most intellectually and philosophically mature, and one of the most beautiful. The specter of world-wide conspiracy and impending apocalypse haunts the characters—a student, an expatriate American, members of a low-budget theater company rehearsing Pericles—as the student tries to recover a tape of guitar music by a deceased Spanish emigre who may have committed suicide. Few films have more effectively captured a period and milieu; Rivette evokes bohemian paranoia and sleepless nights in tiny one-room flats, along with the fragrant, youthful idealism conveyed by the film's title (which is countered by the opening epigraph from Charles Peguy: “Paris belongs to no one”). With Jean-Claude Brialy.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is an extract.

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