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When French New Wave icon Jacques Rivette passed away earlier this year, the outpour of admiration from the film community was deafening, with obituaries flooding the internet and retrospectives quickly taking shape at film centers across the country. It has been almost a year since Rivette’s death, but luckily he’ll continue to thrive on the big screen well into 2017 and beyond. Film distributor Cohen Media Group has acquired 10 features by Rivette for restoration and release under the Cohen Film Collection banner. Variety first reported the news.
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The 10 features included in the deal are all from Rivette’s career from 1984 and after. The titles include: “Love on the Ground” (1984), “Wuthering Heights” (1985), “The Gang of Four” (1989), “The Beautiful Troublemaker” (1991), “Divertimento” (1992), the two-part Joan of Arc biopic “Joan the Maiden: Part 1 – The Battles” (1994) and “Joan the Maiden: Part 2 – The Prisons” (1994), “Up, »
- Zack Sharf
Charles S. Cohen’s Cohen Media Group has acquired North American distribution rights to 10 features by French New Wave driving force Jacques Rivette for release by the Cohen Film Collection, Charles S. Cohen, Cmg chairman and CEO, announced Thursday.
Marking most probably the biggest deal to go down at the time of Lyon’s Lumiere Festival, where the Cohen Film Collection is one of the U.S’s highest-profile attendees.
Deal also takes in three very early and recently discovered Rivette shorts. The films, which will be individually restored and remastered by Celluloid Dreams, will be released theatrically beginning Spring 2017.
Twinning two of Charles S. Cohen’s defining film passions – classic films and French cinema – deal was closed by Cmg Svp John Kochman, and Hengameh Panahi, president of Paris-based film sales-production company Celluloid Dreams.
Francois Truffaut’s best friend in the 1950s, regarded as the Cahiers du Cinema’s most assertive writer, »
- John Hopewell
—I am still the same.—Except for one thing. In the past, I was everything for you.—The past is the past.Love On the GroundYou think you weep because you can’t love. You weep because you can’t impose death. —Marguerite Duras, The Malady of DeathIn the apartment play that opens Love On the Ground (L’amour par terre, 1984*), Silvano (Facundo Bo), the author of the piece, plays a man who is in love with two different women. In the morning he loves the character played by Charlotte (Géraldine Chaplin), and in the afternoon he loves the other played by Emily (Jane Birkin). But when one woman stays late with him and the other returns early, and his duplicity is on the verge of being revealed, he proclaims these words that arrest all suspicious questioning: “I am an illusion! You are an illusion! You all are illusions!” It »
- Evelyn Emile
French New Wave director Jacques Rivette, who often explored the blurry line between reality and fantasy in a career spanning six decades and more than 20 features, died Friday at his home in Paris. He was 87.
Rivette’s death was confirmed in a tweet by French culture minister Fleur Pellerin, who called him “one of the greatest filmmakers of intimacy and impatient love.” The director reportedly had battled Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
Avec Jacques Rivette disparaît l'un des plus grands cinéastes de l'intime et de l'impatience amoureuse. C'est un jour de profonde tristesse.
— Fleur Pellerin (@fleurpellerin) January 29, 2016
In his films, Rivette, perhaps the least known of the major French New Wave directors, frequently took a semi-experimental approach to narrative. The films were partially improvised by the actors, and their prolonged running times allowed auds to wander around freely in their deliberately stagy worlds.
Three-hour-plus titles were the norm for the helmer, »
- Boyd van Hoeij
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