In both films, death both threatens to throw a society into disarray and serves as a possible corrective for corruption.
Neither La Religieuse nor its main character is ultimately able to see a way out of alienated individualism.
Cohen Media Group bestows a gorgeous transfer to this epic ode to the creative process.
The films in The Jacques Rivette Collection have been given satisfying transfers and some eye-opening supplements.
One of the best films of the French New Wave, so it’s a shame that Criterion’s Blu-ray offers a flawed A/V presentation and thin supplements.
Out 1 is largely a film of conversation, as its prolonged rehearsal vignettes regularly give way to even lengthier scenes of verbal self-analysis.
Criminally unavailable until now, Jacques Rivette’s gleefully distracted tour of Paris marks an early Blu-ray highlight for 2015.
The Nun is a timeless story about a girl who’s sent against her will to a convent as a tenuous, quick fix to her precarious place in life.
The film’s peregrinating first half-hour establishes the odd, nearly incestuous, and unspoken relationship between the two titular women.
I know Alex Ross Perry from the movies, from seeing him at repertory screenings in New York.
References to films-as-dreams in film criticism have risen in inverse proportion to the actual dreamlike quality of the cinema, which is all but extinct.
Though not among Jacques Rivette great films, Around a Small Mountain shares a lot of qualities with the director’s best work.
The boredom-laced interlude with a Russian doll is itself an all-too-apt metaphor for the film: much energy exerted for increasingly diminishing and hollow returns.