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L'amour fou

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France, 1969


A stage work forms while a marriage collapses in perhaps the most remarkable of director Jacques Rivette’s many explorations of the intersection of life and art.

L'amour fou Directed by Jacques Rivette
L’amour fou’s final shot, as brilliantly obvious as anything that would be later imagined by Lynch, posits a bow to the theatre, echoing the opening shot’s rise from the whiteness of the stage floor, as gesturing towards the stagey qualities of the relationship itself. The energies of creation and sex are mutually recurring, and both extinguish with the dissolution of the affair.
December 18, 2015
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Rivette did not believe that film was the medium for sermonizing: L’amour fou instead offers a serious inquiry into film’s complex means of production, which is why it remains one of the most powerful and political of films to have come out of the New Wave.
December 01, 2011
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It begins and ends in the whiteness of the empty stage, the main actress walks off it as in Persona and the ensuing 252 minutes offer just as much harrowing disintegration… The tensions are between life and theater and cinema and theater, plus the curving pan of 35mm and the darting zoom of 16mm — Rivette looks for complete control in a work about the overthrow of authorship, in the process unburdening himself of the prevailing directorial apparatus.
July 04, 2007
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