by Jacques Rivette
Country: France
Year: 1969
Duration: 252'

During the rehearsals for the production of the tragedy Andromaque, the leading actress and her director, a couple behind the scenes, can’t find a way to leave their personal problems at home. And life imitates fiction, creating a real tragedy for this couple when the man finds comfort with other women while the actress prefers to stay focused on her work, as if nothing is happening with her partner.


film director

Jacques Rivette

(Rouen, France, 1928 - Paris, France, 2016) became involved in cinema as a critic for "Cahiers du cinema." Toward the end of the 1950's he became one of the promoters of the nouvelle vague, both as a theoretician and as a moviemaker. After working as an assistant to Becker, he debuted in 1960 with Paris Nous Appartient, the start of a reflection on the relationship between theater (or art in general) and life, which will be a hallmark of his entire oeuvre. Rivette became acquainted with both success and censorship with Suzanne Simonin, la Religieuse de Diderot in 1966. From L'Amour fou (1967) - presented in a restored version in 2023 - to his last works in 2000s he has established himself as one of the true masters of modern cinema.


Le coup du berger (cm, 1956), Paris nous appartient (1960), Suzanne Simonin, le religieuse de Diderot (Susanna Simonin, la religiosa, 1966), L'amour fou (1968), Out 1 Noli me tangere (1970), Out 1 Spectre (1971), Céline et Julie vont en bateau (1974), Duelle (1976), Noroît (1976), Merry-Go-Round (1981), Le Pont du Nord (1981), Paris s'en va (1981), L'amour par terre (L'amore in pezzi, 1984), Hurlevent (1985), La bande des quatre (Una recita a quattro, 1989), La Belle noiseuse (La bella scontrosa, 1991), Jeanne la Pucelle Les Batailles (Giovanna d'Arco. Prima parte, 1994), Jeanne la Pulcelle Les Prisons (Giovanna d'Arco, il processo. Seconda parte, 1994), Haut bas fragile (Alto basso fragile, 1995), Secret Defense (1998), Va savoir! (Chi lo sa?, 2000), Histoire de Marie et Julien (2002), Ne Touchez Pas la Hache (La duchessa di Langeais, 2006), 36 vues du Pic Saint-Loup (Questione di punti di vista, 2009).


film director

“The film is for that purpose – for everyone to make what they want of it. It’s the archetype of a film that requires audience collaboration, and only means anything through that. It’s a bit like inkblots in a Rorschach test. And, considering that the film runs for four hours, it perhaps offers greater liberty to choose one thing or another.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR: Jacques Rivette. SCREENPLAY: Marilù Parolini, Jacques Rivette. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Alain Levent, Etienne Becker. EDITING: Nicole Lubtchansky, Anne Dubot. MUSIC: Jean-Claude Eloy. SOUND: Bernard Aubouy, Jean-Claude Laureux. CAST: Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Josée Destoop, Michèle Moretti, Celia, Françoise Godde, Maddly Bamy, Liliane Bordoni Yves, Yves Beneyton, Dennis Berry, Michel Delahaye, André S. Labarthe, Didier Léon. PRODUCTION: Marceau-Cocinor, Sogexportfilm.