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Phantom Ladies in Paris: Jacques Rivette's "Paris s'en va"

25 February 2014 5:47 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Le vieux Paris s’en va!"1

—Rallying cry, late 1800s

"Old Paris is no more (the form of a city

Changes more quickly, alas! than the human heart)"

Charles Baudelaire, “Le Cygne,” Fleurs du mal

Paris s’en va. Paris goes away. Paris disappears.

Two women lying next to each other on a bench, wake up. A hard cut to a shot of one of the women approaching a newspaper stand on a Parisian street. She scans the rack of postcards and chooses five with a picture of the Arc de Triomphe. The characters played by Bulle and Pascale Ogier in Jacques Rivette’s Le Pont du Nord (1981) could be described as that classic French type, the flâneur, “masking under multiple impressions the void” felt within and around themselves.2 In Paris s’en va (1981), these unnamed characters appear more like spirits, ghosts awoken from a centuries-long slumber by the expansive »

- Ted Fendt

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