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88 Ratings

Out 1, Spectre

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France, 1972
Comedy, Drama, Thriller


The alternate theatrical cut of Rivette’s infamous Out 1.

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Out 1, Spectre Directed by Jacques Rivette

Critics reviews

No matter the running time, each iteration of Out 1 stands as an extraordinary artifact of post-‘68, post-utopian paranoia and despair, the dread becoming more spellbinding whenever Léaud’s Colin, driving himself mad to decode cryptic messages about a secret society, is in the frame.
March 28, 2017
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If Noli me tangere purposefully neglects the conventions of exposition, Spectre is downright reckless… While Noli invites us to witness a melancholy madness that is the hangover of the Sixties, Spectre leaves us no choice but to experience it firsthand. It is the Out we are inside. Yet both films display a radical faith in the viewer, whether by asking us to be patient or to fill in the gaps. For those willing ot go along, the dividends are endless.
January 04, 2016
Much as Thomas Pynchon in Gravity’s Rainbow bears witness to mid-century paranoia by turning imaginary plots into real ones and vice versa, Rivette has a chilling way of both suggesting explanations and dispersing them in this monumental, maddening epic. But the world he constructs around his frightening void is a recognizable one: Paris today.
August 01, 1974
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