This film of interviews with the film director Jacques Rivette was produced in collaboration with Serge Daney, film critic from “Cahiers du cinéma”, then of “Liberation”. In the course of their conversations, the two speakers discuss Rivette’s career, his relationships with the other film makers of the new wave, his use of “mise en scene” and his working with actors. —IMDb
A provocative director whose films offer richly textured, contemplative examinations of cross-cultural tensions and alienation, Claire Denis is one of French cinema’s most distinctive and humanistic storytellers. A prolific filmmaker who is more concerned with the drive of her characters rather than the plot that weaves them together, she has been dubbed by one critic as one of the only current French directors who “has been able to reconcile the lyricism of French cinema with the impulse to capture the often harsh face of contemporary France.”
Born in Paris on April 21, 1948, Denis, the daughter of a civil servant, was raised in a series of African countries until she was 14, when her family returned to France. She learned about filmmaking as an assistant to a number of notable directors, including Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire), Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law), and Costa-Gavras (Hanna K.). She made her directorial and screenwriting debut in 1988 with Chocolat, a lush exploration… read more
Serge Daney (June 4, 1944, Paris – June 12, 1992) was an influential French movie critic who went on from writing film reviews to developing a “television criticism” and onto building a personal theory of the image. Although highly regarded in French and European film criticism circles, his work remains little known to English-speaking audiences, largely because it has not been consistently translated.
At the Voltaire High School in Paris, Daney received his first film teachings from Henri Agel, one of the most respected critics of the time. With two high school friends, Louis Skorecki and Claude Dépêche, he founded a short-lived film magazine called Visages du cinéma which only saw two editions, on Howard Hawks (containing Daney’s first published text – a review of Rio Bravo called “An Adult Art”) and on Otto Preminger.
In 1964, Daney joined the French film magazine Cahiers du cinéma with a series of interviews of American film directors (notably Howard… read more
Watching a conversation with Rivette is no different than watching a Rivette film. The same, refreshing, meandering, continually renewing process--searching for meaning, and new ideas. With this, I feel one has a tool to crack open his difficult work.
This was perhaps the most astonishing interview I've ever seen; I could not look away. I feel like anyone interested in the cinema of Rivette, or in the cinema, in general, should watch it, because it would do him or her a world of good. It is the most wonderful of films. Savvy
A Tarkovsky auction, trailers for the new Soderbergh & Nicholas Rey’s differently, Molussia, & Claire Denis’ The Night Watchman in full.