Criminally unavailable until now, Jacques Rivette’s gleefully distracted tour of Paris marks an early Blu-ray highlight for 2015.
While Raro’s commendable Blu-ray is leagues ahead of its competitors, even it fails to fully deliver the perfect image this movie so richly deserves.
Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard is more than a tad too pleased by its own spots.
As photographed by Vittorio Storraro, the film is a mélange of the sensual haziness of ‘70s European art-house fair and the high-contrast, anxious angles of film noir.
The film seems more interested in the behavior of textiles and the performance of its own art director than it is with accurately depicting a truly historic national moment.
Jacques Rivette’s Le Pont du Nord remains a stimulating document of a city in flux.