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The Gang of Four (1989)

La bande des quatre (original title)
A drama following 4 women at stage school. Considered by some to be the summation of director Jacques Rivette's work as a whole.

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Constance
Benoît Régent ...
Thomas
Fejria Deliba ...
Anna
Laurence Côte ...
Claude
Bernadette Giraud ...
Joyce
Inês de Medeiros ...
Lucia (as Ines d'Almeida)
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Cécile
Pascale Salkin ...
Corinne
Dominique Rousseau ...
Pauline
Agnès Sourdillion ...
Jeanne (as Agnès Sourdillon)
Irina Dalle ...
Esther
Caroline Gasser ...
Raphaële
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Marine
Florence Lannuzel ...
Louise
Françoise Muxel ...
Valérie
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A drama following 4 women at stage school. Considered by some to be the summation of director Jacques Rivette's work as a whole.

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Band of Four  »

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The last of 6 films to be directed by Jacques Rivette and star Bulle Ogier. See more »

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Hor ch'el ciel e la terra
Music by Claudio Monteverdi
Solistes, choeur et orchestre de la Societa cameristica di Lugano
Conducted by Edwin Loehrer
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My First Rivette
3 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Gang of Four is my first Rivette, so I cannot comment on how classically structured it is as opposed to experimental, because I have yet to see Rivette's experimental work, yet I read from a Chicago critic, Chicago being the city wherein I discovered Rivette, that this is an ideal introduction to his work because it is more of a compilation of the themes that are typically abound in his films, such as theater, conspiracy, sexual frustration, female camaraderie, and things of that nature.

I was not thrilled and yearning for more, but I was interested in what Rivette tries to do enough to want to see some of his other films, even La Belle Noiseuse, a four-and-a-half- hour film with only two people in one room. What I liked about Gang of Four was how the four main characters, the girls in the acting class who share a small house together, have a way of turning everything into a dramatization of things as their alternative to such a packed in environment that is squeezed progressively tighter by the mysterious man and the ambiguously existent conspiracy he speaks of.

The reason I don't have much else to say is because Rivette's direction seems too static somehow, but there is intrigue in his style and in his stories. I found the film interesting and dull at the same time. Perhaps it's my fault and I was expecting a different sort of film-making than what the movie was made of.


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