Anthology Film Archives in New York is showing 4 rare Rivette films (plus a doc).
From the AFA's website:
JACQUES RIVETTE: FOUR RARE FEATURES
OUT 1: SPECTRE
April 21, 23
1971-72, 255 minutes, 16mm. In French with English subtitles. With Jean-Pierre LÃ©aud, Juliet Berto, Bulle Ogier, Michel Lonsdale, and Bernadette Lafont.
NOTE: Due to the extreme rarity of this film, print quality is not ideal.
For many lovers of film, THE holy grail of cinema-going has long been Rivette's OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE, a nearly thirteen-hour intrigue centering on Rivette's central obsessions: conspiracy, community, theater, games and madness. SPECTRE, only slightly less rare, is a refraction or doubling of this project; a condensation, yet totally different, and still itself an epic.
"In spring 1970, Rivette shot approximately thirty hours of improvisation with over three dozen actors. Originally intended to be shown as a TV serial 'in eight episodes lasting an hour and a half each', OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE was rejected by the ORTF and never properly releasedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ After it became clear that he could not get this film shown on TV or released theatrically, Rivette spent the better part of a year editing a shorter, quite different film out of this material; which eventually opened in Paris in March 1974.
"SPECTRE begins by pretending to tell us four separate stories at once. We watch two theater groups rehearsing Prometheus Bound (directed by Lonsdale) and Seven Against Thebes (a collective), and also observe LÃ©aud and Berto Ã¢â‚¬â€œ two rather crazed and curious loners, each of whom tricks strangers in cafes out of moneyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Then almost miraculously, in the 36th shot, two of the four 'plots' are brought together: LÃ©aud is suddenly handed a slip of paper by a member of the theater collective. On it is typed a seemingly coded message which he sets out to decipher, along with a subsequent message he receives, following clues provided by references to Balzac's The History of the Thirteen and Lewis Carroll's 'The Hunting of the Snark'. And when LÃ©aud's deductions eventually lead him to a hippy boutique called 'l'Angle du hasard', the 'plot' appreciably thickens: the boutique is run by Ogier, whom we later discover is a friend of both Lonsdale and MichÃ¨le Moretti, another member of the collective; and all three are members of the alleged 'Thirteen'Ã¢â‚¬Â¦" Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jonathan Rosenbaum
JEAN RENOIR: LE PATRON: CINÃ‰ASTES DE NOTRE TEMPS
April 22, 23
1961, 76 minutes, 16mm. In French with English subtitles.
In the third part of this extensive documentary, Rivette and Renoir discuss, at length, the conception and production of Renoir's most celebrated film, THE RULES OF THE GAME.
And coming in June: DUELLE, NOROIT and MERRY-GO-ROUND.