V’17: OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Amour fou

V' 16

L' Amour fou

Jacques Rivette
F, 1969
255min, OmeU

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L' Amour fou

Jacques Rivette
F, 1969
, 255min, OmeU

Actors: 
Bulle Ogier
Claire
Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Sébastien/Pyrrhus
Josée Destoop
Marta/Hermione
Michèle Moretti
Michèle
Célia
Célia/Andromaque
Maddly Bamy
Madly/Céphise
Yves Beneyton
Yves/Oreste
Screenplay: 
Marilù Parolini
Jacques Rivette
Sound: 
Bernard Aubouy
Jean-Claude Laureux
Camera: 
Étienne Becker
Alain Levent
Editor: 
Anne Dubot
Nicole Lubtchansky
Composer: 
Jean-Claude Eloy

Production: 
Cocinor
Les Films Marceau
Sog Export Film
Format: 
35 mm
Color and Black/White

Described by Dave Kehr as Rivette’s “breakthrough film, the first of his features to employ extreme length, a high degree of improvisation, and a formal contrast between film and theater,” this rarely screened masterpiece is one of the great French films of the 60’s. It centers on rehearsals for a production of Racine’s “Andromaque” and the doomed yet passionate relationship between the director (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) and his actress wife (Bulle Ogier), who leaves the production at the beginning of the film and then festers in paranoid isolation. The rehearsals, filmed by Rivette (in 35mm) and by TV documentarist Andre S. Labarthe (in 16mm), are real, and the relationship between Kalfon and Ogier is fictional, but this only begins to describe the powerful interfacing of life and art that takes place over the film’s hypnotic, epic unfolding. (Jonathan Rosenbaum)

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