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Paris Nous Appartient

  • 1960
  • Jacques Rivette
  • 135 mins
  • 12A
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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Like many French New Wave film-makers, Jacques Rivette began his career as a critic. Indeed, he was still working for the famous journal Cahiers du Cinéma while making this intense conspiracy picture, for which he had to borrow film stock from François Truffaut and a camera from Claude Chabrol. Betty Schneider stars as the Paris student who becomes curious about the suicide of a young Spaniard and decides to investigate. The fact that the action was shot over a two-year period is clearly evident in the inconsistent quality of the performances, but Rivette still manages to craft a complex and intriguing story. Some critics labelled the film pretentious, but his fellow directors considered it one of the crowning achievements of the early New Wave.

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Credits

Cast

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Anne GoupilBetty Schneider
Gérard LenzGianni Esposito
Terry YordanFrançoise Prévost
Philip KaufmanDaniel Crohem
Pierre GoupilFrançois Maistre
Jean-MarcJean-Claude Brialy
De GeorgesJean-Marie Robain
Man at partyClaude Chabrol
Man in sidewalk caféJean-Luc Godard

Crew

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DirectorJacques Rivette

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2006-04-14
Languages
French
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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