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Secret Defence

Jacques Rivette
Secret defénse
France 1998 / 170’
Up, Down, Fragile Who Knows

Working late in the lab, Sylvie finds her younger brother, Paul, with a gun in his hand. Paul explains to her that he has just discovered the real reason for their father's death. He did not commit suicide after all, as everyone has been claiming. His business partner, Walser, killed him, and Paul has evidence. Alarmed, and seeing her brother's determination and vulnerability, Sylvie decides to take matters into her own hands. With allusions to Hitchcock's Vertigo, among other films, Rivette makes a family drama that deepens his reflections on the notion of conspiracy. The first film to feature Rivette's collaboration with Polish actor Jerzy Radziwiłowicz.

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 Pascal Bonitzer, Emmanuelle Cuau, Jacques Rivette
cinematography William Lubtchansky
editing Nicole Lubtchansky
music Jordi Savall
cast Sandrine Bonnaire, Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Grégoire Colin, Laure Marsac, Françoise Fabian
producer Christian Lambert, Martine Marignac, Marcel Hoehn
production Pierre Grise Productions, T&C Film AG, Alia Films, La Sept Cinéma, Canal+, Sofica Sofinergie 4, Procirep, Eurimages, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Programme MEDIA de l'Union Européenne, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Département Fédéral de l'Intérieur
sales Tamasa
language French
colouration colour