Monday, May 14, 2007


As part of its Jacques Rivette retrospective, the Siskel Film Center in downtown Chicago will be showing his twelve-and-a-half hour long magnum opus Out 1 on May 26 and 27. (This is a single showing spread over two days.) Out 1 has been acclaimed a masterpiece by those few who have seen it. But to say it's rarely shown is an understatement: since it was made in 1971, it has been screened fewer than a dozen times anywhere in the world. So if you're living in the Midwest, this may literally be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it on the big screen. Nor is it available on video or DVD, even bootlegged (as far as I know), though a VHS version was released in 1995 and is owned by a few university libraries. If you're a serious cinephile and live within, say, two hundred miles of Chicago, you don't want to miss this.

The Siskel Film Center will also be showing Out 1: Spectre, Rivette's four-hour reworking of Out 1's footage, on June 9. (Note that Out 1 is sometimes referred to as Out 1: Noli me tangere.)

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