Introduction
in Jacques Rivette
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Jacques Rivette remains undoubtedly the least well known of all the major figures in French cinema associated with the New Wave of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the 1970s, Rivette directed what may be his best loved and most enduring film, the inexhaustible, irrepressible Céline et Julie vont en bateau (1974). This book considers Rivette's work as a film critic. It focuses on the apparently paradoxical nature of much of Rivette's criticism. The investigation of secrets in Rivette's films is productive of meta-narrative forms: secrets, by inviting enquiry, generate narrative and so these stories become labyrinthine tales of their own inception and nourishment. The book also discusses love and jealousy in Rivette, and investigates the depiction of time, in particular the various senses of lateness, in Histoire de Marie et Julien and Ne touchez pas la hache.

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