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Aug 24
Film Series
Jean-Pierre Melville Double Feature at the Am Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Aug 31
Jacquot de Nantes Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center 1355 Inwood Terrace Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Visual Arts in Fall 2019 Various Places

La Religieuse screening at BAMPFA

In La Religieuse by Jacques Rivette (1965), Anna Karina plays a young woman forced to become a nun in Rivette’s notorious adaptation of Diderot’s novel. A work of “brilliant filmmaking and impassioned restraint, as sumptuous in its color photography as it is austere in its mise-en-scène” (New York Times).

Banned for two years in France for its supposedly excessive attack on the Church, Rivette’s adaptation of Denis Diderot’s famous novel of eighteenth-century convent life became a cause célèbre. Anna Karina plays a young woman, Suzanne, whose parents force her to enter a convent. The institution proves prisonlike and on a deeper level of individual repression, is revealed as an arena for sexual hysteria and slavery. In her drive for freedom from authoritarian abuse in its myriad forms, Suzanne moves inexorably towards tragedy. Rivette’s style, rigorous and simple, perfectly expresses this movement and the claustrophobic world from which there is no escape.

Digital restoration. Featuring Anna Karina, Liselotte Pulver, Micheline Presle, Christine Lenier.