L'Amour fou (1969)
L'Amour fou (1969)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

L'Amour fou

Jacques Rivette | France | 1969 | PG


Wed 31 Jul 2024

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Finally rescued from oblivion by a meticulous digital restoration using an array of sources (the original 35mm materials for the four-hour cut were lost in a fire in 1973), this is one of cinema’s legendary “lost films”, the missing link in Rivette’s filmography between his first two feature-length works (Paris nous appartient and La religieuse) and the sprawling epics he was to become (in)famous for. Charting the breakdown of the relationship of a couple played by Bulle Ogier and Jean-Pierre Kalfon, alongside the filming of the production of a play (Racine’s Andromaque) within the film, Rivette masterfully intersects theatre, TV and cinema in an epic meditation on the relationship between art and life, highlighting and celebrating the resilience of cinema itself.

Preceded by Les photos d’Alix Jean Eustache (1982) 15 mins – Unclassified 15+. This César Award-winning short fiction – featuring Eustache’s son, Boris, and Canadian photographer Alix Cléo Roubaud – is a playful deconstruction of the powers of photography and all forms of image-making.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Les Films du Losange
Runtime: 252 mins

Event duration

252 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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