Jacques Rivette’s “OUT 1: Noli me Tangere” is legendary for its 13-hour runtime, but that very attribute has made viewing the full film a rare feat for decades. BAMcinématek is finally bringing the 1971 masterpiece to the masses, hosting a screening of the epic in its entirety.
Their official synopsis reads: “Over eight episodes shot on 16mm, a cast of French New Wave icons improvise a spellbinding tale based on Honoré de Balzac’s “History of the Thirteen,” involving two theater troupes rehearsing Aeschylus, a female con artist (Juliet Berto) who seduces her victims, and a deaf-mute busker (Jean-Pierre Léaud) on a quest to uncover a mysterious secret society. As the characters’ paths crisscross and the film’s puzzle-box structure—including one 45-minute take—grows ever more elaborate, a portrait of post-May 1968 Paris and its dashed dreams emerges.”
BAM will host the film from Wednesday, November 4 through Thursday, November 19. Watch an exclusive trailer for “OUT 1” above.