Celine and Julie Go Boating (Rivette, 1974): Barbican Cinema, 3pm
To celebrate 100 years of the Critics’ Circle, the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, the Barbican are screening the series The Film That Changed My Life. Tonight's movies is introduced by Independent on Sunday film critic Jonathan Romney.
Chicago Reader review:
Jacques Rivette's comic feminist extravaganza is as scary and unsettling
in its narrative high jinks as it is exhilarating in its uninhibited
slapstick (1974). Its slow, sensual beginning stages a meeting between a
librarian (Dominique Labourier) and a nightclub magician (Juliet
Berto). Eventually, a plot within a plot magically takes shape—a
somewhat sexist Victorian melodrama with Bulle Ogier, Marie-France
Pisier, Barbet Schroeder (the film's producer), and a little girl—as
each character, on successive days, visits an old dark house and the
same events take place. The elaborate Hitchcockian doublings are so
beautifully worked out that this movie steadily grows in resonance and
power. The four main actresses scripted their own dialogue with Eduardo
de Gregorio and Rivette, and the film derives many of its euphoric
effects from a wholesale ransacking of the cinema of pleasure (cartoons,
musicals, thrillers, and serials).
There's pretty much nothing like this.