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Images of the Day. Ringmasters

Left: Jane Birkin in Jacques Rivette's Around a Small Mountain (2009); cinematography by Irina Lubtchansky and William Lubtchansky.

Right: Anton Walbrook in Max Ophüls's La ronde (1950); cinematography by Christian Matras.

Rivette and Ophüls—ringmaster cinema par excellence.  Not the same as theatrical cinema, of course.  Who else belongs to this group?

Jacques Tati’s last film, PARADE (1974), is (mostly) a document of Tati as ringmaster for a modernist French hippy circus, but underrated I think, since most people treat it as a documentary of a performance rather than as a work of art with its own inner logic.

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