THE JACQUES RIVETTE COLLECTION REVIEWED
The Jacques Rivette Collection is pretty crazy. It’s a collection of three films that starts with a female powered take on The Nightman Cometh. From there, we get a pirate movie. There was supposed to be a third film, but Rivette freaked out on Finney & Caron. This resulted Joe Dallesandro and Maria Schneider making a terrible third film about looking for a writer. Did I mention that all three films are terribly French?
I can see the points of influence for people like Lynch and Truffaut. That being said, those guys knew how to tell a story while being vague. Rivette seemed to enjoy crafting films that worked as bizarre trips into WTF Land with a side of pretense. The nicest thing I can say about these films is that the restoration work is on point. Other than that, enjoy your weirdo French films.
- Scenes from a Parallel Life: Jacques Rivette Remembers archive interview with the director, in which he discusses Duelle (une quarantaine), Noroit (une vengeance) and Merry-Go-Round
- Remembering Duelle Bulle Ogier and Hermine Karagheuz recollect their work on the 1976 feature
- Interview with critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who reported from the sets of both Duelle (une quarantaine) and Noroit (une vengeance)
- Exclusive perfect-bound book containing writing on the films by Mary M. Wiles, Brad Stevens and Nick Pinkerton plus a reprint of four on-set reports from Duelle (une quarantaine) and Noroit (une vengeance)
- 1.37:1, 1.85:1 1080p transfers
- LPCM 1.0 MONO