Who would guess that 3-hour-plus experimental film could be so consistently fun? Berto and Labourier worked with Rivette to create their characters, and they are simply a joy to be with. Around the time Julie ruins Celine's magic act I found myself falling in love. But don't be fooled into thinking it's all just a lark. Rivette has devised a very precise filmic architecture based on doublings and intracommenting.
A key text of 1970s cinema -- and, more generally, of that strange and giddy suspended moment when dreams of counterculture began to go up in smoke but what would replace them remained far from clear -- C&J winningly, woozily dramatizes the efforts of two women to erase an obsolete, oppressive narrative. It doesn't hurt to fall off the moon. It may not help a great deal either, but time will tell, morning by morning.
A case where the parts are better than the sum. After watching the last 20 or so minutes, maybe its the other way round. In any case, it a wonderful representation of experimental cinema at its lightest, most playful, and fun. The characters are charming and easy to relate to on some level. The only flaw really s the length, though I am huge fan of Inland Empire. I will be checking out other works by Rivette.
It's been a long time since I've watched a film that's left me so dumbfounded. For three hours I was glued to the screen trying to make sense of everything, and yet you can't. This film is a love letter to the cinema itself, and it can't be called anything other than a masterpiece. And, yes, Celine and Julie do eventually go boating.
I know this film is much beloved, and I know it's supposed to be a metaphor for cinema, and I know it's supposed to be fun and playful. But I found it esoteric, interminable, and just dull. Maybe I'm missing something; certainly enough people love this film to warrant a second viewing. But I'm not exactly cherishing that prospect.
Saw It first time back in NYC in 1980 was the revelatory movie going experience of my life. It played days at the 8th St. Cinema. Andrew Sarris described it as 4 hours of unalloyed bliss. I was enraptured and returned the next day to be enraptured again. A movie about making movies. The audience creates along with the director. Sublime the way Alice In Wonderland is sublime Where is a region on DVD????? HUH????
This movie delights in objects and places, whole worlds of imagination spring up from them, real life falls to the wayside or gets owned by fancies, mysteries compound and at one point the main characters are almost watching the movie WITH us. But NOT in an overly-intellectual meta way. So crazy, and so great. This is almost like a kids adventure story or something. I really need to watch more Rivette.