One of the original critics turned filmmakers who helped jump-start the French New Wave, Jacques Rivette (La belle noiseuse) began shooting his debut feature in 1957, well before that cinema revolution officially kicked off with The 400 Blows and Breathless. Ultimately released in 1961, the rich and mysterious Paris Belongs to Us offers some of the radical flavor that would define the movement, with a particularly Rivettian twist. The film follows a young literature student (Betty Schneider) who befriends the members of a loose-knit group of twentysomethings in Paris, united by the apparent suicide of an acquaintance. Suffused with a lingering post World War II disillusionment while evincing a playful temperament, Rivette s film marked the provocative start to a brilliant directorial career.
" Paris Belongs to Us ” ( French title: “ Paris nous appartient ” ) is the first feature by Jacques Rivette (“Celine and Julie Go Boating”), a former critic for Cahiers du Cinema. Made on small budget, “Paris Belongs to Us” is an early example of the French New Wave, later popularized by Chabrol, Truffaut, and Godard. Though it never achieved the popularity of such films as “The 400 Blows” and “Breathless,” it portrays the radical flavor that would define the movement that captured young Parisian idealists of the mid-1950s
I had always read that this Jacques Rivette début feature was among the most indispensable French films of this period ( planned for release in 1959, but delayed two years due to financial setbacks ), and it is all that and more ( Sadly, Jacques Rivette passed away earlier this year at the age of 87 ).
It is an endlessly intriguing mixture of coming-of-age story (the protagonist being a rather ingenuous young woman from the provinces), death investigation (as this demoiselle drifts curiously into her own investigation of a pair of suspicious deaths deemed suicides), and both a psychological and political thriller. Any number of fascinating Parisian milieus are glimpsed, from the cramped and crowded to the sporadically more scenic (in the background), with particular emphasis on the artistic-intellectual-bohemian and theatrical.
Really? Are you serious? Is this some sort of cruel joke? Should I laugh or cry because I have spent nearly two hours and thirty minutes of my pitiful existence on planet earth trying to make sense out of this post-graduate, pseudo intellectual twaddle? Please, I beg of you, someone watch this film and tell me it isn't a parody of "art cinema". Shame on you if you participated in this fraud - yes, Jean-Claude Brialy, I'm looking at you! I'd like to see if this can be turned into a "Seinfeld" episode...an almost perfect example of something about "NOTHING!" (thank you, George Costanza)...rant finished...exit, stage left (bank)...
Impressive first feature from one of the less well known French new wavers- Jacques Rivette. It includes his trademark interests in theater rehearsals and conspiracies.
Rivette's first - at the beginning of New Wave. very much a product of its time looking back into the bohemian life of Parisian students and 20-somethings in the late 1950s. one critic, Hamish Ford, called it perfect in its 'conceptual elusiveness'.
I prefer early Truffaut and Chabrol.
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