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The Quadrille

Jacques Rivette
Le Quadrille
France 1950 / 40’
All Around The Diversion

The party is not going well: teens sitting in silence, smoking their cigarettes and casting cautious glances at each other. A sour mix of boredom and embarrassment hangs in the air. Will anyone finally make a move? This early short work by Jacques Rivette is a comedy that feeds on the discomfort of both the characters and the audience.

Piotr Mirski

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
cinematography Gérard Lamy
cast Jean-Luc Godard, Liliane Litvin, Anne-Marie Cazalis, François Nithart
production Les Films du Veilleur
sales L'Agence do Court Metrage
language French
colouration b&w