Dir: Jacques Rivette
France, 1969, 252min
Cast: Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Thoughtfully precise and yet abundantly spontaneous, L’Amour Fou masterfully captures the essence – and inherent oppositions – in Rivette’s magnificent obsession with “the truth of the cinema”. Shot in five weeks and without a conventional script, the late filmmaker’s experimental third feature traces the disintegration of a 1960s couple as it is juxtaposed with rehearsals of Racine’s Greco-Roman-inspired tragedy, Andromaque . Bulle Ogier is stupendous as Claire, an actress whose withdrawal from the play marks her delirious estrangement from her actor-director husband Sébastien (Jean-Pierre Kalfon). A literal and figurative interrogation of theatricality, repetition, narrative structure and perspective, Rivette’s film (shot in 35mm) is regularly interjected by André S. Labarthe’s 16mm documentation of rehearsals and actor interviews. At 252 minutes, this must-watch for any Rivette initiate precurses his epic 760-minute film, Out 1 (1971).
Post-screening talk with William Lau
The Labyrinth of Mystery Jacques Rivette
- Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema (Venue)
- HK Science Museum Lecture Hall (Venue)
- Hong Kong Film Archive (Venue)
- The Metroplex (Venue)
- Festival Grand Cinema (Venue)
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- MCL Telford Cinema (Venue)
- Tai Kwun (Venue)
- MOViE MOViE (Venue)
- Chinese Subtitles
- Category III
- Post-screening discussion with the director
- Director and/or actor(s) will meet the audience
- Post-screening talk
- Full House
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