Jacques RivetteJean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Hermine Karagheuz, Michael Lonsdale
France / 1971 / 414 minutes / DCP
Thirteen hours of cinema constitute more than an event: this film is a legend. And a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Rivette’s lovingly restored 1971 classic as it was meant to be celebrated. We are immersed in a bygone Paris, as two experimental theater companies grapple with Aeschylus – Seven Against Thebes and Prometheus Bound – from warm-ups onward. And swirling around the theater are the people and the city, intrigues and affairs, shifting and emerging in a dreamlike framework between cinema and real time. And a startling rediscovery of the young Jean-Pierre Léaud in counterpoint to his cinematic deathwatch as Louis XIV.