Jacques Rivette

Paris Belongs to Us

Paris Belongs to Us

One of the original critics turned filmmakers who helped jump-start the French New Wave, Jacques Rivette began shooting his debut feature in 1958, well before that cinema revolution officially kicked off with The 400 Blows and Breathless. Ultimately released in 1961, the rich and mysterious Paris Belongs to Us offers some of the radical flavor that would define the movement, with a particularly Rivettian twist. The film follows a young literature student (Betty Schneider) who befriends the members of a loose-knit group of twentysomethings in Paris, united by the apparent suicide of an acquaintance. Suffused with a lingering post–World War II disillusionment while also evincing the playfulness and fascination with theatrical performance and conspiracy that would become hallmarks for the director, Paris Belongs to Us marked the provocative start to a brilliant directorial career.

Film Info

  • Jacques Rivette
  • France
  • 1961
  • 141 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
  • Spine #802

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Richard Neupert, author of A History of the French New Wave Cinema
  • Jacques Rivette’s 1956 short film Le coup du berger, featuring cameos by fellow French New Wave directors Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, and François Truffaut
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Luc Sante
    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Richard Neupert, author of A History of the French New Wave Cinema
  • Jacques Rivette’s 1956 short film Le coup du berger, featuring cameos by fellow French New Wave directors Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, and François Truffaut
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Luc Sante
    New cover by Sarah Habibi
Paris Belongs to Us
Cast
Betty Schneider
Anne Goupil
François Maistre
Pierre Goupil
Giani Esposito
Gérard Lenz
Françoise Prévost
Terry Yordan
Daniel Crohem
Philip Kaufman
Jean-Claude Brialy
Jean-Marc
Jean-Marie Robain
Dr. de Georges
Credits
Director
Jacques Rivette
Screenplay by
Jacques Rivette
Screenplay by
Jean Gruault
Produced by
Claude Chabrol
Produced by
Roland Nonin
Cinematography by
Charles L. Bitsch
Music by
Philippe Arthuys
Film editing by
Denise de Casabianca

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Paris Belongs to Us: Nothing Took Place but the Place
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Paris Belongs to Us marked the genesis of Jacques Rivette’s unique filmmaking style—introducing visual and narrative elements that Rivette would build on over the course of his long career.

By Luc Sante

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