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The Jacques Rivette Collection on Blu-ray From Arrow Video May 23rd

30 April 2017 6:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began “thanks to Jacquette Rivette,” the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his “Cahiers du Cinéma” colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc GodardClaude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer, was something of a late bloomer as a director.

In 1969, he directed the 4-hour L’amour fou (1969), the now legendary 13-hour Out 1 (1971) (made for French TV in 1970 but never broadcast; edited to a 4-hour feature and retitled Out 1: Spectre (1972)), and the 3-hour Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), his most entertaining and widely seen picture. In these three films, Rivette began to construct what has come to be called his “House of Fiction”–an enigmatic filmmaking style involving improvisation, ellipsis and considerable narrative experimentation.

Celine and Julie Go Boating

In 1975, Jacques Rivette reunited with Out 1 producer Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff with the idea of a four-film cycle. »

- Tom Stockman

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All About My Director: Close-Up on Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways"

14 March 2017 3:14 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways (2012) is showing March 18 - April 17, 2017  in the United States.In a 2012 interview, the great French actor Melvil Poupaud said of his meeting with Canadian wonderboy director Xavier Dolan in Laurence Anyways that it had been one of the great moments in his career. Poupaud had identified four directors that gave him the gift of transformative roles:Raúl Ruiz (in 1983’s City of Pirates, when the actor was only 10), Éric Rohmer (in 1996’s A Summer’s Tale), François Ozon (in 2005’s Time to Leave) and Dolan in what was then only the director’s third feature. Whether the Canadian will go down in history like the revered Ruiz and Rohmer or be more of a hit-and-miss journeyman like Ozon, only the future will be able to tell. But there is no denying that, ever since »

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Movie Poster of the Week: Now Showing on Mubi

27 January 2017 9:47 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Soviet poster for The Ghost That Never Returns (Abram Room, Soviet Union, 1929). Designed by the Sternberg Brothers.Have you seen what’s playing on Mubi lately? Many of you who read my column may not often partake of the best of what Mubi has to offer, which is a beautifully curated, constantly changing selection of films which amounts to a top-notch repertory cinema on your laptop and in your living room. Now that Mubi is on the Roku app too there is even more reason to subscribe to the best film streaming deal on the internet. I know, I know, there is always too much to see and too little time, but for me what elevates Mubi over other streaming services—and I’m not just saying this because I write for them—is the 30-day model which offers you a new surprise every morning as well as the »

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Sundance Review: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is an Intoxicatingly Sexy and Disarmingly Nice Romance

24 January 2017 7:02 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“I have loved you for the last time,” Sufjan Stevens sings in his original song “Visions of Gideon” in Call Me By Your Name. It’s a moment of both bittersweet happiness and a farewell to a passion that won’t be replicated again for Elio (Timothée Chalamet) as, deep down, he knows his relationship with Olivier (Armie Hammer) is over after his six-week stay in their Italian villa. Luca Guadagnino’s disarmingly nice and intoxicatingly sexy film is an extraordinary queer romance, one that evocatively explores the body and mind’s surrender to lust and love.

Set in a sun-drenched northern Italy town in 1983, the 17-year-old Elio fills up his free summer hours reading, transcribing music, occasionally going out with nearby friends, and not much else. When Olivier, an chiseled older student from Rhode Island in the process of getting his doctorate, shows up to work with Elio’s »

- Jordan Raup

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