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Le Pont Du Nord (Masters of Cinema) DVD
The culmination of ...
show moreNew Wave master Jacques Rivette's legendary middle period (which ranged from L'Amour fou through Out 1 Cline and Julie Go Boating Duelle Norot 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 Clmenti'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.show less