Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 201: Sat Jul 20

Out 1 (Rivette, 1971): Close-Up Cinema - Full details of two-day screening here.
Sat 20 July, 12pm: Out 1 - Episodes 1 & 2, 199 min
Sat 20 July, 4.20pm: Out 1 - Episodes 3 & 4, 215 min
Sun 21 July, 12pm: Out 1 - Episodes 5 & 6, 190 min
Sun 21 July, 4.10pm: Out 1 - Episodes 7 & 8, 171 min

The New York Times called it “the cinephile’s holy grail” and Eric Rohmer hailed it as “a cornerstone in the history of modern cinema”.  Loosely inspired by Honoré de Balzac’s La Comédie humaine, Out 1: Noli me tangere is an absorbing, multi-stranded epic involving a quest to uncover a secret society in post-May 1968 Paris. Constructed as eight feature length episodes which run over almost 13 hours, it was originally screened just once in its original cut in 1971, with rare subsequent screenings in the ‘90s and ‘00s becoming the stuff of legend in cinema circles. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this remarkable picture the way it should be seen – beautifully restored on the big screen.
Chicago Reader review:
An eight-part serial running about 12 and a half hours, this 1971 comedy drama is Rivette's grandest experiment and most exciting adventure in filmmaking. Balzac's History of the Thirteen, about a few Parisians who hope to control the city through their hidden interconnections, inspired its tale, dominated by two theater groups and two solitary individuals. Some of the major actors of the French New Wave participated (Juliet Berto, Francoise Fabian, Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Michel Lonsdale, Bulle Ogier), creating their own characters and improvising their own dialogue, and Rivette juxtaposes their disparate acting styles; acting exercises dominate the first episodes (including one 45-minute take) until fiction gradually and conclusively overtakes the documentary aspect. What emerges is the definitive film about 60s counterculture: its global and conspiratorial fantasies, its euphoric collective utopias, and its descent into solitude, madness, and dissolution.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here is Jonathan Romney's long review for Film Comment magazine.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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