Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, April 06, 2013 – Sunday, April 07, 2013

 Detroit Film Theatre

(France/1974—directed by Jacques Rivette)

Dominique Labourier’s Julie sees Juliet Berto’s Céline — for the first time — as she’s dazedly staggering through a park. As they become friends, weird connections proliferate: Labourier is hooked on magic, Berto is a professional magician; Labourier hilariously subs for Berto at an audition; and they both take turns as the nanny at the house Berto fled from, the home of the very strangely behaving Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier, and Barbet Schroeder. But as a magic lozenge starts to kick in, those repeated-variations-fragments start to coalesce in even stranger ways. Farce, puzzle, fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland, Alfred Hitchcock and female buddy picture all at once, Jacques Rivette’s groundbreaking 1974 masterwork – newly restored in 35mm – may well be the most entertaining experimental movie ever made. Be prepared: Céline and Julie do go boating, but the original French title also means “taken for a ride.” In French with English subtitles. (193 min.)

“The very essence of cinematic imagination!” –Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Thrilling. It’s not just that Céline and Julie holds up to repeat viewings; its very point is its seemingly infinite repeatability, its mysterious capacity to surprise both first-time viewers and those who know it as well as a magician reciting an incantation." Dennis Lim, The New York Times

“Sublime! Its greatest descendant is David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.” Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice

“There’s cinema, and then there’s Céline and Julie Go Boating. The Ulysses of moving pictures.” David Fear, Time Out New York

Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 PM