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Out 1, noli me tangere (1971)

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Following the May 1968 civil unrest in France, a deaf-mute and a con artist simultaneously stumble upon the remnants of a secret society.

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Jacques Rivette, Suzanne Schiffman (co-director)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michèle Moretti Michèle Moretti ... Lili
Hermine Karagheuz Hermine Karagheuz ... Marie
Karen Puig Karen Puig ... Elaine
Pierre Baillot Pierre Baillot ... Quentin
Marcel Bozonnet Marcel Bozonnet ... Nicolas / Arsenal / Papa / Théo
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Colin
Michael Lonsdale ... Thomas
Sylvain Corthay Sylvain Corthay ... Achille
Bernadette Onfroy Bernadette Onfroy ... Bergamotte
Edwine Moatti Edwine Moatti ... Béatrice
Monique Clément Monique Clément ... Faune
Juliet Berto ... Frédérique
Gérard Martin Gérard Martin ... Un faux célibataire
Gilette Barbier ... La logeuse de Colin
Jean-Pierre Bastid Jean-Pierre Bastid ... Trois truand
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Storyline

"Out 1" is a very precise picture of post May 1968 malaise - when Utopian dreams of a new society had crashed and burned, radical terrorism was starting to emerge in unlikely places and a great many other things. Two marginals who don't know one another stumble into the remnants of a "secret society": Colin, a seemingly deaf-mute who all of a sudden begins to talk and Frederique, a con artist working the "short con" (stealing drinks and tricking men who think she's a hooker out of their money). Meanwhile, there are two theater groups rehearsing classic Greek dramas: "Seven Against Thebes" and "Prometheus Bound". A member of the Moretti group passes a note to Leaud about "The 13" which sends Leaud on a search for "The 13". His search brings him eventually to Bulle Ogier's shop in Les Halles "L'Angle du Hasard." Berto follows much the same path when she steals a cachet of letters from Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and tries to get money from their owners for their return. These twin ... Written by filmfanatic99

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

18 November 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Out 1 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,310, 13 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,539, 13 December 2015
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

With a run time of thirteen hours, this is one of the longest films ever made. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the closing credits to the first three episodes, Colin (who is pretending to be a deaf mute) is not credited by his character name, but as "le jeune sourd-muet" which translates to "the young deaf/ mute". After that is revealed to be an act and his name is finally spoken, the credits to the remaining episodes credit him as Colin. See more »

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Edited into Out 1: Spectre (1972) See more »

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28 January 2017 | by ninecursesSee all my reviews

Over the years, I have read so many articles on Out 1, and have seen so many stills from it, that I felt as though I'd already seen the movie. Out 1 already existed for me in such a big way, that finally watching it could only lead to disappointment. Sadly, this was the case. As great as Out 1's legend is, for me it never comes together. It's all promise unfulfilled.

There are Holy Grail movies: Films written and talked about in reverential tones, yet largely unavailable to the public. Until recently, "Out 1" was one of these, and having lived with its legend for many years, I was giddy the day it showed up on Netflix. An eight-part film totaling about 13 hours? I was binge-ready! Unfortunately, it took only about half way thru the first segment for my enthusiasm to wane.

But oh is it ever ambitious, and almost every concept and character that we are introduced to is inherently interesting. One example is in how two different acting troupes work toward discovery in the play that each is planning to put on - It seems to be a great metaphor for this very film - but their rehearsal scenes go on (and on), and there are so many of them. 10, 20, even 30 minute (!!) scenes of actors writhing around on dirty theater floors? I love the slower pace of foreign films, but it was just too much.

The acting? Jean-Pierre Leaud, who I usually find fascinating, here just annoys the crap out of me. The rest of a very large cast, many of whom were big in French cinema, may or may not be doing good work. With long, rambling scenes inside of the film's overall loose structure, I actually couldn't tell. Rivette usually has one camera going, and he just lets it roll. Even his veteran actors at times seem lost.

If being loose and letting things "just play out" was what Rivette was going for, I think that he could have made his point in less than 13 hours. Considering how much love Out 1 continues to get, perhaps it's just me who is missing out. Yet I can't help think that he not only let his actors down, but that he let his viewers down, too.

I'll leave it to other reviewers to get into The Thirteen, Balzac, Lewis Carroll, conspiracies, paranoia, etc. It IS all very fascinating to read about.

Having read (and heard) so much over the years, about both the film and its legend, it felt as though I had already seen the movie. I could recall its characters, style, and elements with clarity. Unfortunately, having now seen it, that movie has been erased from my memory. I should have stuck with the legend. Sadly, the "Out 1" of my mind no longer exists.


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