Paris Nous Appartient

Paris Nous Appartient

Synopsis

Anne, a student in Paris, becomes involved with a group of her brother's arty friends and gets sucked into a mystery involving Philip, an expatriate American escaping McCarthyism; Terry, a self-destructive femme fatale; theatre director Gérard; and Juan, a Spanish activist who apparently committed suicide, but was he murdered? Philip warns Anne that the forces that killed Juan will soon do the same to Gérard, who is struggling to rehearse Shakespeare's Pericles. Anne takes a part in the play in an attempt to help him and also discover why Juan died.

Jacques Rivette started making his first feature in 1957 and completed it slowly over a period of two years, as money allowed. Finally released in 1961, Paris Nous Appartient brilliantly captured the mood of paranoia and uncertainty of that Cold War period. Rivette's rarely seen debut is one of the most important and far-reaching of the early New Wave films. Rivette's disquieting film, suffused with sexual and political tension, is as much about its setting a long-vanished Paris full of fleabag hotels and corduroy-clad intellectuals as about its story. It features guest appearances from fellow New Wave directors Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Demy, a striking musique concrete score, and stunning cinematography in black and white, which manages to be luminous and ominous at the same time.

Special Features

- Filmed introduction by Jonathan Romney on Rivette and Paris Nous Appartient
- Le Coup Du Berger (Rivette, 1957, 27 mins)
- Booklet with a review by Tom Milne; feature by Louis Marcorelles, originally published in Sight & Sound; director’s biography

Technical Specs

Director: Jacques Rivette
Year: 1960
Country: France
Language: French
Duration: 140 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: 12
Alternate Title: Paris Belongs To Us