Posts Tagged ‘Jacques Rivette’

Summer sloth

May 19, 2010

Jeez Louise. Unless you’re presently in New York or Cannes, this is a brutally slow stretch for the aspiring film blogger. Lacking anything substantial to sink my writerly teeth into, it seems a good time to roll out the miscellany:

Otto Preminger’s “Angel Face” (1953), starring Robert Mitchum and the late Jean Simmons, will be playing on TCM this afternoon at 3. “Angel Face” is, in my humble estimation, Preminger’s best (that I’ve seen, at least). It’s so perverse and attitudinal and magnetically tense, really a must-see for anyone interested in the darker side of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age. I’ve linked to this at least once before but here’s Jacques Rivette’s wonderful essay about the film and its subtly ingenious form.

The new Eclipse box set of films by Nagisa Oshima, “Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties,” looks to be vital viewing. Three of the films included—“Pleasures of the Flesh” (1965), “Violence at Noon” (1966) and “Japanese Summer: Double Suicide” (1967)—screened in Madison last year during the Cinematheque’s excellent Oshima retrospective; all three are extremely (key word) worthwhile for anybody interested in Japanese cinema beyond jidaigeki and Ozu-style studies of ephemeral everydayness.

I’m particularly excited to see the bifurcated “Three Resurrected Drunkards” (1968), which wasn’t included in the aforementioned ‘theque retrospective. The omission of “Diary of a Shinjuku Thief” and “Boy” (1969) from the set is a slight shame, but whatever. I wonder whether a full-blown Criterion treatment of “Death By Hanging” (1968) is in the cards? Here’s Dave Kehr’s review of the box set.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Go play in the sun.

(Visual) Quotes…, 3/19

March 19, 2010

This is something of a special installment of (Visual) Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes: A small fleet of images from an unbelievably enthralling (and wonderfully inexplicable) film with mise en scène by Jacques Rivette, 1976’s “Noroît.” I’m not yet sure where to place “Noroît” in my personal list of favorites by Rivette, but rest assured that it’s an undeniably ballsy work by an undeniably ballsy artist.

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Part of the potency of Rivette’s films is how up-front they are about being both mysterious texts (something for the spectator to get lost in) and pure objects (something that enters the spectator’s world and produces considerable effects with its presence alone).

I wish I could say more about “Noroît” but, at the moment, I feel incapable of doing so. May this decorative labyrinth receive an American DVD release sooner rather than later.

(Visual) Quotes…, 2/3

February 3, 2010

From Jacques Rivette’s “Up Down Fragile” (1995).

(Visual) Quotes…, 2/1

February 1, 2010

In case you’re wondering: That isn’t blood. From “La religieuse” (1966).

(Visual) Quotes…, 1/25

January 25, 2010

The previously promised “Juliet Berto in ‘Out 1′” post.

From, like I said, “Out 1” (1971).

(Visual) Quotes…, 1/19

January 19, 2010

That Bulle Ogier’s really somethin’, eh? I’ve got a Juliet Berto post in the works as well, so stay tuned.

From “Out 1” (1971).

(Visual) Quotes…, 1/13

January 13, 2010

From “Love on the Ground” (1984).

Favorites from the decade that was

January 5, 2010

Fifty fillets of film, alphabetically ordered. Now I can finally get on with my life.

Click here to check out the list/encyclopedia.

(Visual) Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes, 12/29

December 29, 2009

From “Va savoir” (2001).

(Visual) Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes, 10/27

October 27, 2009

Alright alright, I realize I’m running the risk of becoming a one-trick pony. My professors have conspired to channel almost all my creativity into some obviously bogus papers, all of which are due in the next few weeks. Bear with me.


From Rivette’s Duelle (1976).