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Paris Belongs to Us, dir. Jacques Rivette, 1961

”Many filmmakers pretend that they never see anything, which has always seemed odd to me.”

”Jean Cocteau is someone who has made such a profound impression on me
that there’s no doubt he’s influenced every one of my films.”

”Twin Peaks, the Film is the craziest film in the history of cinema. I have no idea what happened,
I have no idea what I saw, all I know is that I left the theater floating six feet above the ground.”

“I agree with what Jean Eustache says, television is great for a second viewing, but
not for discovering a film. It’s a bit like seeing a film again on the editing table.”

“The consumers of mainstream cinema who reject Marguerite Duras, Robert Bresson,
Jean-Marie Straub or Werner Schroeter, are also people who refuse cinema. ”

Jacques Rivette, 1928-2016

Celine and Julie Go Boating, dir. Jacques Rivette, 1974

Jacques Rivette, 1928-2016 French film director and film critic most commonly associated with the French New 
Wave and the film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma. He made twenty-nine films, including L’amour fou (1969), Out 1 
(1971), Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), and La Belle Noiseuse (1991).

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