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Mad Love

Jacques Rivette
L’amour fou
France 1969 / 252’
The Nun Out 1, Part 1

A director and his actress wife are working together on an adaptation of Racine's Andromaque: their everyday life-passionate and filled with destructive jealousy-is a violent reflection of the drama experienced by the characters in the play. A masterpiece of modern French cinema from the 1960s, the film heralded the most experimental and boldest period in Rivette's work. Great actors in the service of a subtle reflection on the relationship between life and art.

Ariel Schweitzer


BFI Awards 1969 – 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, Marilù Parolini
cinematography Étienne Becker, Alain Levent
editing Anne Dubot, Nicole Lubtchansky
music Jean-Claude Eloy
cast Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Josée Destoop, Michèle Moretti, Celia, Françoise Godde
producer Georges de Beauregard, Roger Scipion
production Cocinor, Les Films Marceau, Sogexportfilm
sales Tamasa
language French
colouration colour & b&w