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A New Wave Epic: Jacques Rivette's "Out 1"

Once thought an impossible-to-see legend of cinephilia, Jacques Rivette’s multi-part epic has been revived, restored, and is available for your delirious immersion. It was originally conceived for French television by the director and Cahiers du cinéma editor and critic, but never properly shown. In its astoundingly adventurous, freeform creation—taking improvisation beyond dialog and performance into storytelling itself—the opus represents what might be considered the last great gesture of the French New Wave.

OUT 1, NOLI ME TANGERE - EPISODES 1 & 2

Jacques Rivette France, 1971

Here it is: the “Holy Grail of cinephilia!” One of the most enthralling cinematic experiences of all time, Jacques Rivette’s elusive 13-hour masterpiece Out 1 was originally conceived as a series. The film version consists of 8 feature-length episodes, and it all begins right here. Get ready…

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OUT 1, NOLI ME TANGERE - EPISODES 3 & 4

Jacques Rivette France, 1971

The show must go on! We get deeper into the mysterious wonders of this impossible object, a monumental work that resists pigeonholing as much as it defies storytelling, whose plot seems to be shaped as a hidden secret. In Rivette’s words: “the film swallows everything up and finally auto-destructs”.

OUT 1, NOLI ME TANGERE - EPISODES 7 & 8

Jacques Rivette France, 1971

Even Out 1 has an end! Rivette’s mammoth film ironically fell into obscurity after its premiere, remaining invisible for decades. It’s been a long-time dream of ours to present this ghostly pinnacle of the French New Wave in its entirety—a prodigiously playful new kind of epic. Happy binge-watching.

OUT 1, NOLI ME TANGERE - EPISODES 5 & 6

Jacques Rivette France, 1971

Is there a hidden order of things? This is one of the questions Rivette seems to be asking himself and the audience throughout the gargantuan running time of his magnum opus. Secret societies, cryptic riddles, double identities, enigmatic conspiracies… Modernism doesn’t get any better than this.