Pushing the envelope
Bodies, love and jealousy
in Jacques Rivette
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The themes of love and jealousy may offer further insight into Rivette's infamous work with duration. Similarly, the characters of L'Amour par terre remain preoccupied by past loves and lovers. Perhaps the most common form of pathological, or 'mad' love, then, is jealousy which provides the spur to all narratives. This chapter also suggests ways in which Rivette's films appeal, beyond vision, to the other senses, and may be experienced by the whole body, may be experienced, in particular, on the skin. The skin - the human body's largest organ, the sense of touch that passes through it have received considerable attention within French theory. If anxiety and madness are extreme or pathological responses, a more prosaic and everyday reaction is one of boredom. If Rivette is playing a dangerous game, it is because the precarious nature of his filmic enterprise remind us of our own less-than-solid foundations in being.


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