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Merry-Go-Round (1980)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 April 1983 (France)
Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father's estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins.

Director:

Jacques Rivette

Writers:

Eduardo de Gregorio (scenario), Suzanne Schiffman (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Schneider ... Léo
Joe Dallesandro ... Ben
Danièle Gégauff Danièle Gégauff ... Elisabeth
Sylvie Matton Sylvie Matton ... Shirley (as Sylvie Meyer)
Françoise Prévost ... Renée Novick
Maurice Garrel ... Julius Danvers
Michel Berto Michel Berto ... Jérôme
Dominique Erlanger Dominique Erlanger ... La scerétaire
Frédéric Mitterrand Frédéric Mitterrand ... Le conseil
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Le décorateur
Pascale Dauman Pascale Dauman ... L'infirmière
Marc Labrousse Marc Labrousse ... Le premier complice
Jean Hernandez Jean Hernandez ... Le deuxième complice
Benjamin Legrand Benjamin Legrand ... Le chauffeur
Florence Bernard Florence Bernard ... La femme du cimetière
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Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father's estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins.

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Final film role of Danièle Gégauff. See more »

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Léo: You call me, you need me, you're not here.
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Minor Rivette
1 February 2016 | by bob998See all my reviews

This one is mainly for Rivette completists. There are gaps in the plot and a lack of commitment on the part of some actors, notably Schneider which ensure that this film will not be counted among Rivette's greatest. I watched it on YouTube as part of my review of his works following the news of his death. The story is not weak--it's an amalgam of film noir and road movie--but the way it is told, in a slap dash manner leaving too much up to chance, disappointed me.

The great pleasure in Merry-go-round is provided by John Surman's mournful noodlings on bass clarinet, which often seem more interesting than what the actors are doing. Joe Dallesandro exercised a fascination on more than one filmmaker (I remember how Louis Malle used him in Black Moon, and his films with Andy Warhol are still around) and he does here too. His mad chase through the woods pursued by a knight in armor recalls the fight scene in Black Moon.


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Release Date:

6 April 1983 (France) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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