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Le Pont du Nord


Le Pont du Nord

Le Pont du Nord

Image courtesy of The Film Desk

Le Pont du Nord

New 35mm Print

(Jacques Rivette, 1981)

A Summer Abroad '13

Join us on a cinematic world tour with stops in France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Japan, and Mexico. Our tour guides are some of the most revered directors in film history, including the likes of Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Rossellini, Ingmar Bergman, Fritz Lang, Sally Potter, Akira Kurosawa, and Luis Buñuel. See all the titles on our big screen, many in new or recent restorations. By the way, the July and August features in our ongoing Film History 101 series are also part of A Summer Abroad ’13.

Film History 101

As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.

Tue, July 23, 2013 7 PM

“The most alive movie I saw at the festival (New York Film Festival 1981). Leaves me with a whole album of indelible images and unnerving emotions.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum

Viewed as a “comeback” film of sorts for Jacques Rivette, the noir-ish Le Pont du Nord follows the adventures of a middle-aged woman just out of prison (Bulle Ogier) and a moody, scooter-riding younger woman (Ogier’s real-life daughter, Pascale). After the two meet by chance, they find themselves in possession of a mysterious briefcase that leads them on a series of excursions through Paris. That the film was shot in 16mm and on the cheap in the streets of the city only serves to complement Rivette’s typically improvisational style. Although well received on the festival circuit in 1981, Le Pont du Nord didn’t receive a US theatrical release until this year. (129 mins., 35mm, in French with English subtitles)

This is the July 2013 film in the Wex’s ongoing, monthly Film History 101 series.

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