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Le pont du Nord

Le pont du Nord

Jacques Rivette ,

Film Summary

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Runtime:

129

Aspect Ratio:

1.37:1

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Colour

Certificate:

PG

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English (optional)

Genre:

World Cinema

The culmination of New Wave master Jacques Rivette’s legendary middle period (which ranged from L’Amour fou through Out 1, Céline and Julie Go Boating, Duelle, Noroît, 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 karate 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 Clémenti’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 freewheeling, 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 DVD and, for the first time anywhere in the world, on Blu-ray.

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2 Discs
#62

  • Glorious HD presentation of the film in 1080p on the Blu-ray, progressive encode on the DVD
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • 56-PAGE BOOKLET containing numerous writings on the film; interview excerpts; archival imagery; a complete script for a short-film homage to Rivette by actress and filmmaker Kate Lyn Sheil, and more!

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