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      Jacques Rivette

      Jacques Rivette

      Highest Rated: 100% Up, Down, Fragile (1995)

      Lowest Rated: 62% The Story of Marie and Julien (2003)

      Birthday: Mar 1, 1928

      Birthplace: Rouen, France

      Renowned for his extensive improvisation, epic running times and play-within-a-film themes, Jacques Rivette was the most uncompromising and underappreciated filmmaker to emerge from the innovative French New Wave scene. Born in Rouen in 1928, Rivette drew early inspiration from the works of Jean Cocteau, and after shooting his first film, the short "Aux quatre coins" (1948), moved to Paris to immerse himself in the capital's cine-club culture. There he began to collaborate with a group of like-minded cinephiles, including Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, who went onto revolutionize French film with an experimental form that was coined Nouvelle Vague. Rivette's first feature-length, "Paris Belongs to Us" (1957), set the tone for the rest of his filmography with its exploration of the theatrical world, but it would be another decade before a follow-up arrived. Instead, Rivette focused his efforts towards the stage, while also enjoying a two-year stint as editor of the hugely influential film publication Cahiers du Cinema. Rivette eventually resumed his film-making career with "The Nun" (1966), a controversial tale about a young woman's attempt to escape a sadistic convent, which was briefly banned due to pressure from the Catholic Church. The surrounding publicity gave Rivette his first and last genuine commercial hit as he ventured further into the avant-garde. "L'amour fou" (1969) was an entirely improvised piece of work which concluded with an hour-long argument between the two central characters, while the rarely-seen original cut of "Out 1" (1971) was a perplexing 13-hour epic which has since developed a reputation as the holy grail of cinema. The far more accessible "Celine and Julie Go Boating" (1974) then kickstarted a run of experimental fantasies including the noirish "Duelle" (1976) and pirate adventure "Noroit" (1976), but shortly before the latter's release, Rivette suffered a nervous breakdown which he took the rest of the decade to recover from. After returning with surreal mysteries "Le Pont du Nord" (1981) and "Merry-Go-Round" (1981), Rivette continued to blur the boundaries between reality and fiction with "Love on the Ground" (1984) and "The Gang of Four" (1988), and in a surprising move adapted Emily Bronte's novel "Wuthering Heights" (1985). Rivette's critical status peaked when "La belle noiseuse" (1991), the four-hour tale of a reclusive painter's creative rebirth, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. Rivette followed it up with historical epic "Jeanne la Pucelle" (1994), classic Hollywood musical homage "Up, Down, Fragile" (1995) and revenge tale "Secret Defense" (1998). Rivette proved to be just as creative in the 21st Century, with romantic farce "Va Savoir" (2001), the long-awaited supernatural drama "The Story of Marie and Julien" (2003) and the adaptation of Honore de Balzac's erotic novel, "The Duchess of Langeais" (2007) all receiving a positive response. Rivette ended his ever-intriguing career with the bittersweet romance "Around a Small Mountain" (2009), and died in 2016 from complications of Alzheimer's disease, aged 87.


      36 VUES DU PIC SAINT-LOUP, from left: director Jacques Rivette, Jane Birkin, on set, 2009. ph: Moune Jamet/©Les Films du Losange LA BELLE NOISEUSE, Emmanuelle Beart, director Jacques Rivette, on set, 1991, ©MK2 Diffusion THE DUCHESS OF LANGEAIS, (aka DON'T TOUCH THE AXE, aka NE TOUCHEZ PAS LA HACHE), director Jacques Rivette, on set, 2007. ©IFC Films



      75% 52% Around a Small Mountain Director,
      $31.0K 2009
      70% 52% The Duchess of Langeais Director,
      $281.5K 2007
      62% 75% The Story of Marie and Julien Director,
      - 2003
      86% 68% Who Knows? Director $907.3K 2001
      85% 84% Secret Defense Director,
      - 1998
      100% 83% Up, Down, Fragile Director,
      - 1995
      88% 83% Joan the Maid: The Prisons Director - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joan of Arc Director - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joan the Maid Director - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Divertimento Director $1.9K 1992
      100% 82% La Belle Noiseuse Director $8.2K 1991
      No Score Yet 58% Jacques Rivette, The Night Watchman Unknown (Character) - 1990
      100% 79% The Gang of Four Director - 1988
      No Score Yet 75% Wuthering Heights Director - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hurlevent Director - 1985
      No Score Yet 82% L'Amour Par Terre Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love on the Ground Director,
      - 1984
      100% 78% Le pont du nord Director,
      - 1981
      No Score Yet 45% Merry-Go-Round Director - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Duelle Director,
      - 1976
      No Score Yet 71% Noroît Director,
      - 1976
      No Score Yet 70% Duelle: Une Quarantaine (Twilight: A Quarantine) Director - 1976
      80% 87% Celine and Julie Go Boating Director - 1974
      96% 84% Out 1, Noli Me Tangere Director - 1971
      91% 92% L'Amour Fou Director,
      - 1968
      85% 79% The Nun Director,
      $30.2K 1966
      86% 70% Paris Belongs to Us Director,
      - 1961
      No Score Yet 56% Fool's Mate Narrator,
      - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bérénice Cinematographer - 1954