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Jacques Rivette, the Watchman

Jacques Rivette, the Watchman

A Feature film by Claire Denis, Serge Daney

Produced by Channel 4 TV Corporation, Art productions, Amip, La Sept Cinéma

Release in France : 17/03/1993

    Synopsis

    Claire Denis’ first-rate video documentary (1990) about filmmaker Jacques Rivette, produced for French television, has many things to recommend it. The main interviewer is the great critic Serge Daney, who, two years before his death, converses with Rivette while relaxing in a cafe and strolling around Paris (Denis interjects a few questions toward the end); since both men were former editors of Cahiers du Cinema, not to mention groundbreaking and highly articulate critics, they have a lot to discuss apart from Rivette’s filmmaking. Clips from many of Rivette’s major films are included, as are interviews with some of Rivette’s actors, such as Bulle Ogier and Jean-Francois Stevenin. Best of all, the film beautifully captures Rivette the man, as both solitary cinephile and exploratory filmmaker.

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    Full credits (5)

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Documentary

    Sub-genre :

    Portrait

    Themes :

    Cinema

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1989

    French release :

    17/03/1993

    Runtime :

    2 h 20 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    71.465

    Visa issue date :

    18/03/1994

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color