The culmination of New Wave master Jacques Rivette's legendary middle period (which ranged from L'Amour fou through Out 1 Céline and Julie Go Boating Duelle Noroît and Merry-Go-Round) Le Pont du Nord envisions Paris as a sprawling game-board marked off with tucked-away conspiracies where imagination and paranoia intermingle; where the hinted-at stakes are sanity life and death. Regular Rivette actress Bulle Ogier stars as Marie a claustrophobic ex-con who shortly after wandering into Paris encounters the wild and potentially troubled young... woman Baptiste (Pascale Ogier Bulle's actual 22-year-old daughter). Baptiste a knife-wielding self-proclaimed kung-fu expert with a drive to slash the eyes from faces in adverts (including in one instance those on a placard for Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha) accompanies Marie on her quest to solve the mystery behind the contents of her former lover's (Pierre Clémenti's) suitcase: an amalgam of clippings patterns and maps of Paris that points to a vastly unsettling labyrinth replete with signs and intimations whose menacing endgame remains all too unclear. Gorgeously shot by the master cinematographer William Lubtchansky Le Pont du Nord is a freehweeling powerful experience whose hypnotic rhythm and ominous undercurrents resolve into a frightening and exhilarating portrait of post-revolutionary early-'80s Paris – and in turn form a prime example of Rivette's uncanny occult cinema. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Jacques Rivette's rare and essential feature Le Pont du Nord on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time anywhere in the world. Special Features: Gorgeous new 1080p presentation (on the Blu-ray) of the film in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio Optional English subtitles A lengthy booklet with writing about the film by Arthur Mas Andy Rector Serge Daney and Caroline Champetier; writing from the original press-book by Jacques Rivette and Jean Narboni; rare archival imagery; and more [show more]
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