Noroît

BBB.5 (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 Geraldine Chaplin as a woman who plans to get revenge on a witch (Bernadette Lafont) who killed her brother.  Lafont is the leader of a gang of…

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Duelle (Une Quarantaine)

BBBB (out of 5) A mysterious beauty (Juliet Berto) shows up in a small hotel lobby late at night and asks the woman behind the desk to help her track down a man she is looking for.  Getting involved, the desk clerk (Hermine Karagheuz) eventually witnesses a couple of murders and crosses paths with another mysterious…

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Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique D’un Ete) (Paris 1960)

BBBB (out of 5) Director Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin made this documentary as a record of Parisian lives in 1960, and what they came up with resulted in one of the most influential films of the French New Wave.  It opens with strangers randomly asked on the streets about their emotional well-being, then…

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The Spider’s Stratagem (La Strategia Del Ragno)

BBB (out of 5) Another beautifully photographed political film by Bernardo Bertolucci, this time centring around the story of a man who returns to his father’s village for the first time since his mysterious murder. His arrival is at the request of his father’s former mistress (the still enchanting Alida Valli) who wants him to…

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