(out of 5)

Jacques Rivette’s companion piece to Duelle is as visual splendid though not as invigorating.  Loosely inspired by (and including pieces of) The Revenger’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur, it stars  as a woman who plans to get revenge on a witch () who killed her brother.  Lafont is the leader of a gang of pirates, and Chaplin enlists her friend  to go undercover with the bad guys while she herself poses as a bodyguard to the woman in question.  Shot on the gorgeous coast of Brittany, the film is a ravishing pleasure to look at, the brightly coloured silky clothing against the rich blue sea and sky providing endless pleasure.  Rivette’s ability to infuse such fanciful plots with his brand of poetic intelligence is not absent either, and the film’s inclusion of such manner of art forms as Noh theatre and music do not create a muddle but rather enhance its unique charm.  The last third becomes tiresome, however, as even a director this good at stretching the tiniest plot points across long scenes of people lounging on couches and highly stylized sword fights can run out of steam before he is ready to pack it in.  Drawing it out to the overdue finish means dulling the impact of the curiously whimsical scenes with which it began, and it doesn’t help that Chaplin, while sympathetic, is not fully accessible.

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France, 1976

Directed by

Screenplay by , , Jacques Rivette, dialogue by Eduardo de Gregorio, Marilu Parolini, based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by , ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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