November 7th, 2015
@ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
This is it. The biggest cinematic holy grail of them all, presented as an all-day experience that we’ll never forget. The full digital restoration of all eight chapters of French New Wave director Jacques Rivette’s epic, legendary and iconoclastic masterpiece OUT 1, NOLI ME TANGERE!
Paris, April 13, 1970. Two theater groups each rehearse avant-garde adaptations of plays by Aeschylus. A young deaf-mute begs for change in cafés while playing the harmonica. A young woman seduces men in order to rob them. As a conspiracy develops, the protagonists’ stories start to intertwine…
Jacques Rivette has always been the French New Wave’s most free-spirited and aesthetically radical member. This is very much on display in OUT 1, his fourth feature film and magnum opus, in which a whimsical young man (Jean-Pierre Léaud) receives anonymous notes that put him on the trail of a mysterious group of people who might or might not be conspirators. The colorful characters that Léaud encounters during his quest are played by Juliet Berto, Michael Lonsdale, Bernadette Lafont, Bulle Ogier, Françoise Fabian, Jean-François Stévenin and other New Wave icons, with special appearances by directors Éric Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder.
Based on an utterly unique concept that includes the absence of a script and nods to Honoré de Balzac and Lewis Carroll, OUT 1 has been near-impossible to see for more than forty years.
OUT 1, an immensely involving, almost addictive blend of film, literature and theater, has rightly been hailed as the Holy Grail of modern French cinema! Don’t miss this one time only opportunity to see the whole film in a single day!