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The Nun

Jacques Rivette
La religieuse
France 1966 / 135’
Paris Belongs to Us Mad Love

A young woman is forced by her parents to enter a monastery. She is abused, robbed, and humiliated until she finally takes her own life. An ascetic and elegant adaptation of a novel by Denis Diderot and one of Anna Karina's most beautiful film roles. The film was censored and resulted in one of the biggest scandals in the history of French cinema. It was also Jacques Rivette's biggest commercial success.

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, Jean Gruault (based on a novel by Denis Diderot)
cinematography Alain Levent
editing Denise de Casabianca
music Jean-Claude Eloy
cast Anna Karina, Liselotte Pulver, Micheline Presle, Francine Bergé, Francisco Rabal
producer Georges de Beauregard
production Rome Paris Films, Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie
sales Tamasa
language French
colouration colour