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Jacques Pierre Louis Rivette

(1928-03-01)1 March 1928
Rouen, France
Died 29 January 2016(2016-01-29) (aged 87)
Paris, France
Cause of death Alzheimer's disease
Nationality French
Occupation Film director, film critic, theatrical director
Years active 1948–2009
Movement French New Wave
Spouse(s) Marilù Parolini (divorced)
Véronique Manniez-Rivette (his death)
  • Sutherland Trophy
  • Grand Prix
  • Prix Méliès

Jacques Rivette (1 March 1928 – 29 January 2016) was a French movie director, screenwriter and movie critic. He is considered to be the most experimental of the French New Wave directors, he had a background in film criticism, but he also loved popular American cinema.

Rivette's stories progress in unconventional ways - often following multiple plot lines that can be romantic, mysterious, and comic all at once and employing extensive improvisation. As a result, his films are often extremely long (the infamous Out 1 clocked in at 13 hrs, although a 4½ hour cut was later produced) and many of them are rarely seen, he shot his first short film at age twenty.

Out 1 was shown only once in its 760-minute original version, on 9–10 September 1971. Over 300 people attended the weekend-long premiere, it was called called it a "voyage beyond cinema" because most of the audience had traveled from Paris to see it. Originally intended as a 12-part television broadcast, the television franchise refused to purchase it.

With help, Rivette spent over a year editing a 260-minute version entitled Out 1: Spectre and released in 1974. Out 1 was highly praised, and become a cult film. The first revival screening of the original version was at the Rotterdam Film Festival in February 1989. It was finally shown on French TV during the early 1990s and was first shown in the US at the Museum of the Moving Image in December 2006 to a sold-out audience.

Céline et Julie vont en bateau (Céline and Julie Go Boating / Céline and Julie Lose Their Minds) is perhaps Rivette's most famous and best loved work. His other important films include Out 1, L'Amour fou, Paris nous appartient, and La Belle noiseuse.

Rivette died on 29 January 2016 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 87, in his home in Paris. He was memorialised by President Francois Hollande as "one of the greatest filmmakers". Rivette was buried on 5 February 2016 in the Montmartre Cemetery in Paris.

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