Produced on a tight schedule between Rivette’s acclaimed L’Amour Fou and Celine and Julie Go Boating, Out1 was, until now, one of the most chronically unseeable films of the latter half of the 20th century. The film follows the activities of two theater troupes rehearsing productions of Aeschylus and two outsiders peripherally circling the proceedings. The outliers are a charlatan (Jean- Pierre Léaud) and a scam artist (Juliet Berto) who claim to have correspondence proving the existence of a secret society mysteriously called The Thirteen, with which some members of the troupes may be involved. Rivette’s magnum opus provides a critical lens through which to view post-1968 French society and its discontents. “In Out 1, Rivette used a formidable tool—a made-for-television 16 mm camera he pointed at a bunch of actors/friends he respected, and at a city he loved. A camera that would allow him to shoot in long takes (some lasting up to 13 minutes) and to follow the improvisational rhythm of the action. He never faced head-on the trauma of May ‘68 (Noli me tangere)—but he composed one of the most accurate expressions of his time. One of the most real.”—Bérénice Reynaud. “The cinephile’s holy grail.”—Dennis Lim, The New York Times.
All screenings will feature a 15-minute intermission between episodes. Digitally restored by Technicolor, for Sunshine with the support of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée. Color grading supervised by the film’s cinematographer, Pierre-William Glenn, AFC.