Pre-Festival Event !
Location : VCU Grace Street Theater – 934 West Grace Street
HOMAGE to French New Wave Director JACQUES RIVETTE (1928-2016)
An invisible film for over 40 years!
Entire running time 12-hours-55 minutes with English subtitles, divided into three evenings of screenings. Discussion and Q&A with Pierre-William Glenn immediately following each projection.
Jacques Rivette’s 1971 magnum opus OUT 1 in a newly restored, full length version, screened over three evenings with the film’s Director of Photography, Pierre-William Glenn, who supervised the 2015 digital restoration.
Jacques Rivette, co-founder of the French New Wave along with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol, was the group’s most free-spirited and aesthetically radical member.
Out 1 is based on a unique concept that includes the absence of a script and creative inferences to Honoré de Balzac and Lewis Carroll. The film features actors Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Michael Lonsdale, Bernadette Lafont, Bulle Ogier, Françoise Fabian, Jean-François Stévenin and other New Wave icons, with special appearances by directors Éric Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder. First shown as a work in progress, the nearly 13-hour film was re-edited to a four-hour “short” version. Even that version has been screened in very limited release during the past forty-five years. Few people have seen the full-length version. In 2015, Pierre-William Glenn, the film’s Director of Photography, supervised and approved the full digital restoration of OUT 1 for Carlotta Films.
The film begins in Paris, April 13, 1970 where two theater groups each rehearse avant-garde adaptations of plays by Aeschylus. A young deaf-mute begs for change in cafés while playing the harmonica. A young woman seduces men in order to rob them. As a possible conspiracy by “the Thirteen” develops, the protagonists’ stories start to intertwine . . .
About Pierre-William Glenn
French director and Director of Photography, President of the CST (Commission Supérieure Technique de l’Image et du Son), Professor of Cinematography at La FEMIS-Paris, Pierre-William Glenn, after receiving several degrees in mathematics, embarked on a career in the film industry that has proven to be key and essential to the quality and advances in filmmaking in France and abroad. In 1968, he became chief camera operator on Peter Goldman’s film Wheels of Ashes. In the years 1974-1975, he made a feature-length documentary dedicated to his passion for motorcycles: Le Cheval de fer (The Iron Horse). Glenn has directed numerous other films such as ARC’s Nantes Sud Aviation, Les Enragés, Terminus, 23:58, Les Trajets réels de Cléo dans Paris, and Portrait de groupe avec enfants et motocyclettes.
As a cinematographer, he has worked on more than 70 films with directors like François Truffaut, Michel Deville, Maurice Pialat, Claude Lelouch, Bertrand Tavernier, Jacques Bral, Guillaume Nicloux, Robert Enrico, Roger Vadim, Yannick Bellon, Samuel Fuller, Jean-Claude Missiaen, Euzhan Palcy, Philippe Labro, Yves Boisset, Pierre Granier-Deferre, Gérard Pirès, George Roy Hill, Alain Corneau, Corey Allen, Chris Marker, Aleksandar Petrovic, José Giovanni, Nadine Trintignant, Costa-Gavras, Dominique Benicheti, Jacques Doillon, Marin Karmitz, John Berry, André Téchiné and more. Pierre-William Glenn is a founding member and served from 1997 to 2000 as president of the AFC (French Association of Directors of Photography). Since 2002, he has been the President of the CST (Commission supérieure et technique de l’image et du son) and co-director of the Image Department at La FEMIS since 2005.
Out 1, an immensely involving, almost addictive blend of film, literature and theater, has rightly been hailed as the Holy Grail of modern French cinema! A monumental oeuvre with no equal!
Out 1 is one of critic Jonathan Rosenbaum’s 100 favorite films listed in his book Essential Cinema.
Co-sponsored by VCUarts Cinema & VCUarts CINEMATHEQUE
with the participation of VCU World Cinema & UR Film Studies Programs