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Fool’s Mate

Jacques Rivette
Le coup du berger
France 1956 / 28’
The Diversion Paris Belongs to Us

A battle of the sexes, betrayal, power and manipulation in the life of a couple analyzed using the metaphor of chess. The film was made in collaboration with the Cahiers du Cinéma, including Godard, Truffaut, and Chabrol, among others.

Ariel Schweitzer

Jacques Rivette

(1928 - 2016) Despite being a key member of the Nouvelle Vague, Jacques Rivette has languished in the shadows of his more renowned colleagues: Godard, Rohmer, Chabrol and Truffaut. Rivette's work is certainly demanding, but along with Godard, Rivette turns out to have been the most playful and innovative of a group who literally changed the face of filmmaking. Jacques Rivette was born in Rouen, France. In the fifties, he begin writing for the "Cahiers du Cinéma", which teamed him with Nouvelle Vague. In 1960 he directed his first feature film with Paris nous appartient (60). His filmography includes La ReligieuseL'Amour fouDuelleLa Bande des quatre and La Belle Noiseuse.

Selected filmography

1960 Paryż należy do nas / Paris nous appartient / Paris Belongs to Us

1966 Zakonnica / La Religieuse / The Nun

1968 Miłość szalona / L'Amour fou

1974 Celine i Julie płyną statkiem / Céline et Julie vont en bateau / Celine and Julie Go Boating

1976 Duelle / Twiligt

1988 Banda czterech / La Bande des quatre / Gang of Four

1991 Piękna złośnica / La Belle Noiseuse

1998 Ściśle tajne / Secret défense / Secret Defense

2001 Kto wie / Va savoir / Who Knows

2007 Ne touchez pas la hache / Don't Touch the Axe

Cast & Crew

director Jacques Rivette
screenplay Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Charles L. Bitsch
cinematography Charles L. Bitsch
editing Denise de Casabianca
music François Couperin, Eta Harnich-Schneider, Orchestre de chambre Hewitt
cast Virginie Vitry, Anne Doat, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Jean-Claude Brialy, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard
producer Pierre Braunberger, Claude Chabrol
production Les Films de la Pléiade
sales L'Agence do Court Metrage
language French
colouration b&w