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Paris Belongs to Us

Jacques Rivette
Paris nous appartient
France 1961 / 141’
Fool’s Mate The Nun

Paris, the summer of 1957. Despite material difficulties, a group of young actors are preparing to stage a production of William Shakespeare's Pericles, Princeof Tyre. However, their rehearsals are disrupted by various events. Anne, who came to see her brother, Pierre, causes a commotion in the group by flirting with one of the guys. At the same time, Philip, an American victim of McCarthyism, stirs up fears among members of the troupe by telling them about a conspiracy that led to the suicide of a Spanish composer. Jacques Rivette's first feature film, which was shot between 1958 and 1961, is marked by numerous elements of the director's characteristic style, especially the relationship between the theater and cinema.

Ariel Schweitzer


BFI Awards 1962 – Sutherland Trophy

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, Jean Gruault
cinematography Charles L. Bitsch
editing Denise de Casabianca
music Philippe Arthuys
cast Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, Françoise Prévost, Daniel Crohem, François Maistre
producer Roland Nonin, Claude Chabrol
production Ajym Films, Les Films du Carrosse
sales MK2
language French
colouration b&w