Interesting op from Jonathan Rosenbaum on inclusion of excerpt not full episode of the 'Cineastes de Notre Temps' ep. JEAN RENOIR LE PATRON: THE DIRECTION OF ACTORS featuring Michel Simon and JR, directed by Jacques Rivette. Ep. was not transmitted originally on French TV, and transcript is not included (as are the other 2 parts of JR LE PATRON) in RENOIR ON RENOIR as much is in the gestures and inflection, rather than the words... Rosenbaum rates the doc as a masterpiece... A missed opportunity for the CC - could they have fitted it complete plus feature and other xtras on a single disc, I wonder?
Don't think you know what this documentary is doing if you've seen only clips from it, such as those included on the DVD of Boudu recently released by Criterion, which treats Rivette's film as raw material to be plundered. The full version -- edited by the legendary Jean Eustache (The Mother and the Whore), a post-New Wave figure as uncompromising as Renoir and Rivette -- is as radical in its own way as Boudu.Full article here
I suspect one reason French TV refused to show "The Direction of Actors" in the mid-60s is the same reason it refused to show Out 1 a few years later -- its style and attitude, especially its radical humanism. This film takes the position that anything a good actor says or does is automatically interesting -- the same position that helped create Boudu in 1932 and Out 1 in 1971. Whether or not one agrees with that position, it's a privilege to look through the eyes of someone who does.
And if anyone from the CC is reading, how about LA CHIENNE and the full docu?