josh’s review published on Letterboxd:
Jacques Rivette has fascinated me for awhile. I first was drawn to him seeing the poster for ‘the nun’ and thinking it looked rad as hell. From there, he was solidified as one my favorites after the revelation that was La Belle Noiseuse. I was slightly less impressed with Celine and Julie go boating, not due to any technical faults but rather just my interest in the subject matter and style at hand in that film. Out 1 is much more in the vain of ‘boating’ then ‘la belle’.
At times riveting, and others mind-numbing- it’s no wonder this is heralded as a holy grail of the french new wave. A beautiful portrait of the arts in the late sixties, it exists as a testament to passion and creativity. Where this film fails for me, however, is in its obscene length. 13 hours drags, and despite a relatively straight forward plot I found myself struggling to understand what was going on several times.
Is this the best movie of the french new wave? no.
Is this even the best of Rivette? no.
Is this a holy grail and a masterpiece that I believe is worth watching and preserving as a testament to the human spirit and struggle? yes, absolutely.