Winter is the perfect time for staying in and truly investing in lengthy cinematic narratives, and few demand (and reward) the attention than Jacques Rivette‘s “Out 1.” The holy grail of French cinema has long been unavailable or kicking around in less than ideal releases, but Kino Lorber and Carlotta Films are finally bringing the movie stateside in a massive DVD/Blu-ray box set (complete with substantial extras), and we want to give one to a lucky Playlist reader.
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Starring Bernadette Lafont, Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Leaud, and Michael Lonsdale, the twelve-hour epic follows two theater groups as they prepare to perform avant-garde adaptations of plays by Aeschylus. Here’s the synopsis:
Paris, April 13th 1970. Two theater groups each rehearse avant-garde adaptations of plays by Aeschylus. A young deaf-mute begs for change in cafés while playing the harmonica. A young woman seduces men in order to rob them. As a conspiracy develops, the protagonists stories start to intertwine…
Jacques Rivette, co-founder of the French New Wave along with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol, has always been that groups most free-spirited and aesthetically radical member. This is very much on display in Out 1, his fourth feature film and magnum opus, in which a whimsical young man (Jean-Pierre Léaud) receives anonymous notes that put him on the trail of a mysterious group of people who might or might not be conspirators.
Based on an utterly unique concept that includes the absence of a script and nods to Honoré de Balzac and Lewis Carroll, Out 1 has been practically impossible to see for more than forty years. Both the complete 8-part series, Out 1: noli me tangere (1971), and the shorter theatrical version, Out 1: Spectre (1974), are offered here in newly restored 2K presentations supervised by the films director of photography, Pierre-William Glenn (Day for Night). The colorful characters that Léaud encounters during his quest are played by Juliet Berto, Michael Lonsdale, Bernadette Lafont, Bulle Ogier, Françoise Fabian, Jean-François Stévenin and other New Wave icons, with special appearances by directors Éric Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder.
Out 1, an immensely involving, almost addictive blend of film, literature and theater, has rightly been hailed as the Holy Grail of modern French cinema!
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