Hey Brian, so I watched my first Rivette film recently, 'Le pont du nord' (the MoC blu-ray) and I'm not sure I was able to fully appreciate it even as I felt that there was something interesting going on, something beyond my grasp... As far as I can gather the film is maybe a kind of allegory for the form of cinema creating its meaning by way of how the audience explores its inner mysteries analogous to how, in this instance, the characters explore the city of Paris with their "quest," or something along these lines? Or perhaps something else entirely? What would you say are Rivette's primary themes are? Also, which Rivette film would you recommend me to watch next?
You're welcome, Brian. I like to keep the names of the filmmakers I really love out there, though I am aware that no director can please every one, and I only urge my favorites on those I believe will also like them. I first saw Anatahan years ago at the late New Yorker Theatre. The print was titled The Last Woman on Earth. It was on a double bill with The Sins of Lola Montez, the original US release version, with many cuts and edited into chronological order. It was still pretty impressive. Was this maybe one of the great auteurist double features?
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