The theatre serves as a revelatory backdrop for all involved as passions rise during performances of Pirandello’s “As You Desire Me”. After finding love and success in Italy, young French actress Camille returns to Paris, the city she mysteriously fled three years ago. She secretly dreads confronting ex-boyfriend Pierre. Her new lover, theater company director Ugo, also has a secret, his unnerving meeting with the intriguing Dominique while on his quest for a lost, unpublished Goldoni manuscript.
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