Courtisane festival, notes on cinema, 23nd edition, 27 - 31 March 2024
Jacques Rivette, le veilleur
An episode from the series Cinéma, de notre temps about Jacques Rivette, who himself came up with the idea to have his portrait directed by Claire Denis. In the company of Serge Daney, Rivette ruminates about his early days at Cahiers du Cinéma and the development of his oeuvre. "Jacques Rivette had seen my documentary about the musicians (Man No Run) and asked me to make his portrait. He had already made the first film of the series, the portrait of Jean Renoir — to whom he was an assistant — and said, 'Claire was my assistant, so she must make the film about me.' I didn’t propose it myself. I received the assignment. I was terrified, but I did it anyway. Again, it is something that happened by chance."