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
Immortal sorceresses born from objects in the firmament. A conspiracy involving a precious gem that gives those who wear it supernatural powers. Juliet Berto kissing Nicole Garcia. The Paris Metro used in a chase scene inspired by Melville and pointing towards Besson. Lush cinematography that rivals anything Storaro has shot. This film has it all.
Excerpts from an English translation (unknown author) of Jacques Rivette's 1976 film, Duelle (une quarantaine), screenplay by Eduardo de Gregorio