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Fool's Mate / Checkmate

Fool's Mate / Checkmate

A Short film by Jacques Rivette

Produced by Les Films de la Pléiade

Production year : 1963


    Claire (Virginie Vitry) is a chic young Parisian woman married to a somewhat older husband, Claude (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze). As this 28-minute trifle opens, she leaves her husband playing baroque music at the piano, telling him she is off to see her sister, Solange. In reality she meets her lover, Jean (Jean-Claude Brialy) at his apartment; after some idle chatter and love-making he tells her a story of the shriveled heads that the Jivaro indians used to give their lovers as tokens of affection but as she shivers in disgust, he gives her a mink instead. How will they hide it from her husband though? An elaborate scheme involving hiding it at a bus terminal where the husband himself will find it and bring it home is concocted but alas the husband is wiser than they think...

    Source : IMDb

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films de la Pléiade

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Les Films du Jeudi

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (8)

    Assistant Director :

    Jean-Marie Straub

    Screenwriters :

    Jacques Rivette, Charles Bitsch, Claude Chabrol

    Assistant Operator :

    Robert Lachenay

    Music Composer :

    François Couperin

    Producers :

    Pierre Braunberger, Claude Chabrol

    Director of Photography :

    Charles Bitsch

    Editor :

    Denise de Casabianca

    Narrator :

    Jacques Rivette

    Technical details

    Short film

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    Themes :

    Relationships, Love, Fraud

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    29 min

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    Black & White

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