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Paris Belongs to Us

Jacques Rivette

 
Paris Belongs to Us (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1961
  • 141 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
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  • Spine #802

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.

Cast

Anne GoupilBetty Schneider
Pierre GoupilFrançois Maistre
Gérard LenzGiani Esposito
Terry YordanFrançoise Prévost
Philip KaufmanDaniel Crohem
Jean-MarcJean-Claude Brialy
Dr. de GeorgesJean-Marie Robain

Credits

DirectorJacques Rivette
Screenplay byJacques Rivette and Jean Gruault
Produced byClaude Chabrol and Roland Nonin
Cinematography byCharles L. Bitsch
Music byPhilippe Arthuys
Film editing byDenise de Casabianca

Disc 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

Film Essays

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Paris Belongs to Us: Nothing Took Place but the Place

By Luc Sante March 08, 2016

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. Read more »

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Jacques Rivette’s Early Influence

March 09, 2016

As late, beloved French auteur Jacques Rivette came of age in the early 1950s, a thriving film culture in Paris was developing around the journal Cahiers du cinéma, for which Rivette wrote (and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Paris Belongs to Us: Nothing Took Place but the Place

By Luc Sante March 08, 2016

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. Read more »

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