“Jacques Rivette Collection Limited Edition”
“The Jacques Rivette Collection” consists of three films each restored, newly translated and are on home video for the first time. Rivette deals with the anxiety of influence and characters often find themselves in states of absolute euphoria, or mania during which they seem to be experiencing the familiar world as if they were prehistoric humans, or infants. Experience is shattered, torn up, hurriedly erased and redrawn. The primal-infantile dimension is crucial, for it’s here that the explorer is far enough away from the world to witness its infinite lattice of connective tissue. The Rivette model of the universe is seen in his unique approach to narrative, performance, shooting, cutting and sound. Rivette peppers his films with an infinite variety of paradoxes, doublings, matched pairs. whose components should dissolve on cohabitation but remain stable.
“Duelle” (1975) introduces us to two beautiful young women who each other by chance and assume the role of amateur detectives. The film opens in the lobby of a decrepit hotel where we meet the two women.
In “Noroît” (1976), a woman vows to avenge her brother’s death at the hands of a pirate leader. With help, the woman spies on the pirates and then gets a job as bodyguard to the pirate leader. The film seems to exist almost entirely in terms of individual scenes, which stand apart from each other with a willful refusal to cohere into any overarching plot. Nevertheless, there is a narrative, of sorts, that carries through the film. This is a story of intrigue in which the players’ motivations aren’t necessarily clear. Everybody seems to have a story, and a scheme, but Rivette seldom focuses on the root causes of what happens since it is enough, for him, that they happen and that they drive the characters into confrontations and altercations.
In “Merry-Go-Round” (1981, ), Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father’s estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins.
“Duelle” is film noir as the Queen of the Sun (Bulle Ogier) and the Queen of the Night (Juliet Berto) search for a magical diamond in present day. Its parallel film, “Noroît” is a pirate tale and a loose adaptation of “The Revenger’s Tragedy” starring Geraldine Chaplin. “Merry-Go-Round” stars Joe Dallesandro and Maria Schneider who are summoned to Paris, which leads to one of the most surreal and mysterious tales in a career that was dominated by surrealism and mystery.
Limited Edition bonus features include:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of all three films from brand new 2K restorations of the films
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
Optional newly translated English subtitles for all films
Scenes from a Parallel Life: Jacques Rivette Remembers archive interview with the director, in which he discusses “Duelle”, “Noroit” 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” and “Noroit”
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” and “Noroit”
Reversible sleeves with original and newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick