In this elaborate mystery, Warhol star Dallesandro is a New Yorker summoned to Paris to search for a missing woman. One of Rivette’s least-seen films, Merry-Go-Round reflects the chaos of its production. “I like film to be an adventure,” said Rivette, “for those who make it and for those who see it.”
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
In today's Libération, Didier Péron remembers Maurice Garrel, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 88. Father of producer
Something of a muddle from Jacques Rivette I must say tho’ my English subs quit about 2/3rds through so I can’t attest to really knowing what was going on but apparently what… read review
Jacques Rivette, paranoid semi-thriller about a conspiracy with its existence in doubt, long scenarios of actors interacting. What’s new? Well, nothing really, but Rivette, like Hong Sang-soo, has… read review