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R.I.P. Jacques Rivette


Celine and Julie Go Boating

In 1978, thanks to an effusive blurb by Andrew Sarris in the Village Voice, I went to see Celine and Julie Go Boating at the 8th St. Playhouse in Greenwich Village and my life changed forever.

I have never successfully penetrated any other of his works, but the mark that Celine and Julie Go Boating left on me was profound and joyous.  No other film has had that effect on me. The rapture of watching this movie only increases over the years.  It is only comparable to my return visits to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, both of which influenced Rivette’s masterpiece.

Thank you, M. Rivette.

N.Y. Times Obituary

9 thoughts on “R.I.P. Jacques Rivette

  1. Also, we wouldn’t be friends without C et J! Thanks for the sweet tribute.

  2. Thank *you*, in turn, for introducing me to Celine and Julie–it’s probably my favorite movie of all time now, and I never would have known about it if not for you.

  3. or just come to the Lovely WIndermere

  4. Sad indeed 😦 Compared to the other directors of The French New Wave, Jacques Rivette may have always (in retrospect) came off to me as middling, but the majority of his work from the 1960’s and 70’s were the best. His greatest 90’s film in my opinion was La Belle Noiseuse from 1991. I do think however that Celine and Julie go Boating is my number one favorite of his. Anyway, I just posted a blog entry regarding my favorite films of director Satyajit Ray 🙂 Here is the link below and keep up the great work as always 🙂

  5. Thanks for the comment. I have been catching up on Satyajit Ray and adore everything I have seen. I had an interesting exercise reading the Tagore story ‘The Home And The World’ before I watched the Ray film. It was wonderful to see the reverence he had for Tagore, India’s great national writer

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