Marie gets out of prison – and can no longer stand to live between four walls. Baptiste comes from somewhere else, or so he says, and intends to live by his own rules. Their paths cross three times in a matter of hours. Baptiste believes that it’s fate: he must accompany Marie and protect her. However, the perils that lie in wait for her are not the kind that Baptiste can foil… —Les Films du Losange
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
If you protect gracefully all the pitiable circles of Paris, Baptiste, you'll discover actor friends to practice dojo martial flourishes with you. Put on the stolen headphones Baptiste. Tip your morning swig of Schnapps. Remain loyal to everyone broken or frayed beneath those enormous bronze lions devouring themselves on the concourse. Zip your leather jacket, Baptiste, follow the next lonely woman home.
Mother, daughter and pistols in Jacques Rivette’s 1981 masterpiece, Le Pond du Nord.
Le pont du Nord 1981
Jacques Rivette’s impressionist view of the parts of Paris less documented in film eschewing the postcard Paris with which Woody Allen made such a rich harvest… read review