Out 1 is one of the crowning achievements of Jacques Rivette’s remarkable career. Conceived as a television mini-series, this near-thirteen-hour monolith consists of eight feature-length episodes revolving around two theatre troupes, blackmail and conspiracy. Multiple characters introduce multiple plotlines, weaving a rich tapestry across an epic runtime.
Rivette, in many ways the most radical of the French New Wave founders, here presents a film unlike any other, which eschews a script, includes references to Honoré de Balzac and Lewis Carroll, features cameos from Eric Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder, and stars icons from the New Wave including Jean-Pierre Leaud, Juliet Berto, Bulle Ogier, Michael Lonsdale and Bernadette Lafont. Leaud plays a deaf-mute who receives a clue which connects him to a group who may or may not be conspirators in a plot, stories intertwine and identities blur, as Rivette guides us through one of his most hypnotic and dazzling works.
The holy grail of French cinema, Jacques Rivette's magnum opus had been nigh on impossible to see until the new restoration presented here. Screened just once in 1971 as Out 1: Noli me tangere, before being re-edited as as Out 1: Spectre, to acknowledge it's shadow-like nature, both versions are presented in this boxed-set, fully restored and with English subtitles.