Le Pont du Nord
August 9 - August 18, 2013
Jacques Rivette (B. 1928) is a filmmaker bathed in equal parts renown and obscurity. Truffaut wrote that the French New Wave began “thanks to Rivette,” but Rivette’s films are seen and discussed far less frequently than those of his compatriots. Perhaps due in part to his penchant for formal iconoclasm and ephemeral narrativity, much of his work has gone without U.S. distribution. A glowing exception is his most celebrated and well-known film, 1974’s Celine and Julie Go Boating, a three-hour-plus improvised fantasia of magical ritual, literary reference and whimsical role-playing. After spending the end of the ‘70s attempting to mount ever-more experimental projects, 1981’s Le Pont du Nord was considered Rivette’s “comeback” film, a standard-length feature revisiting the methods and themes of the longer Celine, as well as the notorious 13-hour Out 1 (1971). Despite its accessible shape and resonances with Rivette’s best-loved film, Le Pont du Nord is only now receiving its first U.S. theatrical release.