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You’ll Never Guess What This 13-Hour French Masterpiece Made at the Box Office

You'll Never Guess What This 13-Hour French Masterpiece Made at the Box Office

Making another important case for the enduring art of iconic cinema is a new and surprising victor at this week’s box office. Jacques Rivette’s 1971 13-hour epic “OUT 1: Noli me Tangere,” which recently just concluded its 16-day run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, grossed an astonishing $23,855 across its minimal 22 showtimes. 

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The film went largely unseen after its premiere in 1971, despite its claim to fame with a breathtaking 45-minute long shot and incredible performances from Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto. 

“OUT: 1” screened in pairs of smaller vignettes, or “episodes,” at BAM and ran only 5 times in its entirety, often selling out during each episode. On the film’s final night, which screened the last two episodes, “OUT: 1” grossed higher than a full day of both coveted awards contenders “Spotlight” and “Brooklyn.”

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