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Jacques Rivette (born 1 March 1928) is a French film director.

With Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette is one of the more experimental of the French New Wave (nouvelle vague) directors. In common with many of his peers, he has a background in film criticism, where he expressed his admiration for popular American cinema, especially genre directors such as Robert Aldrich, Howard Hawks and Frank Tashlin.

Rivette's films progress in unconventional ways - often following multiple plots that can be romantic, mysterious, and comic all at once and employing extensive improvisation. As a result, his films are often extremely long (the notable Out 1 lasts 13 hrs, although a 4½ hour cut was later produced) and many of his films are rarely seen.


Jacques Rivette was born in Rouenmarker. In 1950, Rivette joined the Ciné-Club du Quartier Latin, and began to write film criticism for the Gazette du Cinema, a small film journal. During this time, he made his first short films, Aux Quatre Coins (1950), Le Quadrille (1950), and Le Divertissment (1952). In 1952, Rivette began to write for Cahiers du cinéma with several other young critics who would form the core of the French New Wave: Éric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, and Luc Moullet. Rivette championed American directors of the 1940s and 1950s, specifically the work of Howard Hawks, John Ford, Nicholas Ray, and Fritz Lang. In 1958, he began to work on his first feature using borrowed equipment and short ends of film stock. He finished Paris nous appartient two years later.

Céline et Julie vont en bateau (Céline and Julie Go Boating/Céline and Julie Lose Their Minds) is possibly Rivette's most critically regarded film. His other important films include Out 1, L'Amour fou, Paris nous appartient, and La Belle noiseuse.


Alternative versions of his films

Along with Out 1, La Belle noiseuse, and Va savoir, Rivette also at one point cut an alternate version of L'Amour fou, while the current version of L'Amour par terre was cut from a longer and preferred version of the film. Duelle and Noroît were two episodes from an intended four part series "Scenes from a Parallel Life" and Histoire de Marie et Julien was later loosely based on an unfilmed episode. Due to the rare nature of Rivette's works, many DVDs (such as the Region 1 Facets release of Jeanne la pucelle', and every DVD release globally of Va savoir) are from edited or otherwise incomplete versions of his films. The complete version of his two-part film Jeanne la pucelle was released by Artificial Eye on Region 2 DVD in the UK in 2009.

Short films

Work for television

Episodes from Cinéastes de notre temps

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