Le Pont du Nord

Directed by Jacques Rivette
US release date: Friday, August 9th at 7pm

The Harvard Film Archive is presenting Jacques Rivette's, Le Pont du Nord from August 9 – August 16, 2013.  The film follows Marie and Baptiste (played by real-life mother and daughter pair, Bulle and Pascale Ogier), two women on a sort of dream quest through Paris, the city re-imagined by Rivette’s camera as a surreal landscape of mystery and danger. Marie, recently released from prison and deathly claustrophobic, searches for her long-lost lover amid a web of intrigue; Baptiste is a leather-clad drifter who vigilantly guards against spies and enemy warriors that she claims are all around them. As the two move deeper into the heart of the city, the film takes on the structure of a children’s game, and reveals its secrets only to further confound. Rivette manages to distill many of his recurring themes into the film: chance encounters, secret conspiracies, urban labyrinths, female friendship, magic and myth, and a porous membrane between fantasy and reality.

Truffaut wrote that the French New Wave began “thanks to Rivette,” but Rivette’s films are seen and discussed far less frequently than those of his compatriots. A glowing exception is his most celebrated and well-known film, 1974’s Celine and Julie Go Boating, a three-hour-plus improvised fantasia of magical ritual, literary reference and whimsical role-playing. In 1981, Le Pont du Nord was considered Rivette’s “comeback” film and is only now receiving its first U.S. theatrical release.

With Bulle Ogier, Pascale Ogier, Jean-Francois Stevenin

France 1981, 35mm, color, 129 min. French with English subtitles

Friday August 9 at 7pm
Saturday August 10 at 9pm
Sunday August 11 at 4pm
Friday August 16 at 9pm
General Admission Tickets $9
Non-Harvard Students, Seniors, Harvard Faculty and Staff $7.
Harvard students free
Special event tickets (for in-person appearances) are $12.
Tickets go on sale 45 minutes prior to show time.
The HFA does not do advance ticket sales.
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