The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Rivette's tightly wound images turn the ornate architecture of Paris into a labyrinth of intimate entanglements and apocalyptic menace; he evokes the fearsome mysteries beneath the surface ...
All this is overblown, making it pretentious, slow-moving and fairly confused. It takes much too long to tell its over-complicated story.
By no means this great filmmaker's best, it's still an auspicious beginning.
This uncertain first feature from Jacques Rivette from 1961 grew on me -- but it took a while.
Jacques Rivette's troubled and troubling account of Parisians in the late 50s remains in some ways the most intellectually and philosophically mature of them as well as one of the most beautiful.
Some pretty yawn- provoking detail, as well as its basic, though not necessarily insurmountable, disadvantages of ambiguity, woolliness and apparent triviality.
[Rivette] doesn't as fervently abandon conventional narrative in the same way Godard was so fond of, making for New Wave-flavored thrillers that are far more casual and certainly more watchable.
Paris does not belong to them at all. It belongs to the powerful, not the dreamers, and the powerful crush the spirits of the artists and idealists.
Despite its frustrating use of vague suspense and being overblown, Rivette's debut is sound both intellectually and philosophically.
The movie is a time capsule that is worth opening up to sniff the mood of its age.
Rivette was perhaps more of a prognosticator than he realized, anticipating the downfall of the very movement he was involved in before it had effectively begun.
This first feature by Jacques Rivette kindled the flame that became known as the French New Wave.
Jacques Rivette's first feature was filmed over the course of three years which goes to explaining some of the inconsistencies. At the heart of the plot is some sort of mystery/conspiracy, but we the audience never find out what exactly it is the characters are talking about. Though we never find out what is going on, the dialogue and goings on between each character never fail to keep your interest. This added with the experimental jazz style score makes a strange almost surreal film.
Look out for cameos by Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Demy and a fabulous appearance by Jean-Luc Godard.
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