Celine (Juliet Berto), a magician, and Julie (Dominique Labourier), a Librarian, meet in Montmartre and wind up sharing the same flat, bed, finance, clothes, identity and imagination. Soon, thanks to a magic sweet, they find themselves spectators, then participants, in a Henry James-inspired ‘film-within-the-film’ – a melodrama unfolding in a mysterious suburban house with the ‘Phantom Ladies Over Paris’ (Bulle Ogier and Marie-France Pisier), a sinister man (Barbet Schroeder) and his child. The atmosphere, however, is more Lewis Carroll, with Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier as twin Alices. The four main actresses improvised their own dialogue in collaboration with Rivette and scriptwriter Eduardo de Gregorio. –BFI
Jacques Rivette was born in Rouen in 1928. In 1950, he began attending the Cine-Club du Quartier Latin in Paris, and contributed articles to its bulletin, the Gazette du Cinema, edited by Eric Rohmer. During this time he embarked on his career as a filmmaker with his first short films, Aux Quatre Coins (1950), Le Quadrille (1950), and Le Divertissement (1952).
Rivette’s friendship with Rohmer led him to begin writing articles for the new film journal Cahiers du Cinema. Here he met and became friends with Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard. At Cahiers he became one of the first to champion contemporary American cinema as opposed to the staid French “cinema of quality”, then prevalent. He became known as a fierce advocate of the auteur theory and praising the work of such directors as Howard Hawks, Nicholas Ray, John Ford, and Robert Aldritch.
In the mid-1950’s he continued his filmmaking education by serving as an assistant… read more
Rivette assimilating Resnais' influence into his personal aesthetic. A humourous Marienbad with a scent of Daisies. Wonderful to see how the concept of recurring segments of the same long phrase worked perfectly in two radically different environments.
Through the Looking Glass by Rivette, indeed. Practically Nouvelle Vague in its frolic, colour and folly, with its beguilingly coy duo dynamic; Rivette returning from the bookish leviathans of L’amour fou and Out 1 with a work more outwardly playful on the whole, while still not wholly dissimilar in style, in its elongated theatrics and extended play, here in and amongst its induction of its multiplicitous realities. The New Wave’s precursor to Mulholland Drive, then Inland Empire; repeat viewings required.
In our annual poll, we pair our favorite new films of 2012 with older films seen in the same year to create fantastic double features.
A young man anxious to lay his hands on a poet’s lost love letters, travels to Venice to wile his way into an ancient woman’s confidence.
Also: New projects for David Lowery and Henry Selick. And remembering David Weiss.
Updated through 4/26. Le Point and L'Express are among the French news outlets reporting that Marie-France Pisier has died at her home in
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Céline et Julie vont en bateau 1974
aka Phantom Ladies Over Paris/ Celine and Julie go Boating
Jacques Rivette opens this playful fantasy with a scene recalling the episode… read review
The follow film is an addition to my list ‘Cinema of the Abstract’. All films that have this piece at the top with have an ‘Abstract’ Rating and a personal score at the end. For more information… read review
This is pretty much the fastest three hours in movie history. The film’s full title is CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING/PHANTOM LADIES OVER PARIS and it remains Rivette’s most famous and most accessible… read review