Monday, April 30, 2007

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974, Jacques Rivette)

Ahem. Like you really need me to tell you how awesome this movie really is. I'll leave you instead with three movies to pair with CELINE AND JULIE in double features. (1) PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE- like C&J, a great film about play, seen from a different perspective. Rivette's film is about adults playing like children, whereas Burton's deals with adults acting out a child's version of how awesome it would be to be grown up. (2) ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD- watching the final reels of C&J, in which the heroines assume minor roles in a domestic drama only to hijack the action to their own ends, one can see the wellspring of Tom Stoppard's play. (3) Rivette's own THE STORY OF MARIE AND JULIEN- probably the closest Rivette came to re-configuring C&J's major visual motifs- an old house, lurking cats, half-explained intrigue, and ghosts from the past. One film is offhand comedy, the other as straight-faced romance.

Also, Juliet Berto was so hot. Rating: ****.

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