Out 1: Noli me tangere

(Out 1: Don’t Touch Me)
France 1972. Dir: Jacques Rivette. 773 min. DCP

OPENING NIGHTFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
REFRESHMENTS
& SPECIAL INTRODUCTION

6:00pm - Doors
7:00pm - Out 1: Episode 1 + 2 / Introduced by Adam Cook

“The cinephile’s holy grail ... In the annals of monumental cinema, there are few objects more sacred.”
DENNIS LIM, NEW YORK TIMES

“Like a sleeping giant we’ve only heard rumours about ... No serious movie lover hasn’t ached to exhume it.”
MICHAEL ATKINSON, VILLAGE VOICE

NEW RESTORATION! VANCOUVER THEATRICAL PREMIERE! ► Thirteen hours long and impossible to see — until now! French New Wave master Jacques Rivette’s astonishing opus, fabled for its extreme length and extreme rarity, is one of cinema’s legendary phantoms. Save for a handful of one-off screenings over the years (including one at VIFF in 2006, in a cut 30 minutes shorter than the complete version we present here), it has never been seen. The Cinematheque is pleased to premiere Rivette’s gargantuan, one-of-a-kind marvel in a brand-new restoration, as Out 1: Noli me tangere receives its first-ever theatrical release. Featuring a cast of emblematic New Wave actors — including Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Bernadette Lafont, Bulle Ogier, Françoise Fabian, and Michel Lonsdale — Out 1 interweaves the tale of two rival theatre companies preparing productions of plays by Aeschylus with the stories of two eccentric outsiders. Frédérique (Berto) is a con artist who swindles men out of their money. Colin (Léaud) cadges cash by pretending to be deaf-mute. Both become obsessed with deciphering the codes and uncovering the purpose of a sinister, shadowy conspiracy hatched by a cabal known as “The Thirteen.” The latter subplot is borrowed from Balzac’s History of the Thirteen (there’s some Lewis Carroll in there as well); the film was shot without a conventional script, with Rivette using diagrams to map out when characters would meet and relying on his cast to improvise their dialogue.

“An unequalled project ... Reinvigorating, a reminder of the rewards of succumbing totally to a work that breaks and remakes all preconceived notions of what it means to watch.”
MELISSA ANDERSON, ARTFORUM

Out 1 was made in eight episodes for French TV, which refused to show it. Rivette later released an abridged, radically reconstituted four-hour version (Out 1: Spectre, screened in The Cinematheque’s Rivette retrospective in 2007). A playful, paranoiac, manically comedic puzzlebox offering a marathon of viewing pleasures, the full-length Out 1 is a cinematic experience quite unlike any other.

“The biggest cinephilic event of the moviegoing year is upon us ... You’ll regret it if you don’t go.”
MICHAEL NORDINE, L.A. WEEKLY

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Adam Cook is a Vancouver-based independent film critic, editor, and programmer. He is a regular contributor to Cinema Scope and a columnist for Little White Lies. He has written for, among others, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, Fandor, Indiewire, and Brooklyn Magazine.

 

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SHOWTIMES - click links below to buy tickets

Out 1: Episode 1 + 2
(91 min. + 109 min. + 15 min. intermission)
Friday, February 5 - 7:00pm
Saturday, February 6 - 2:00 pm
Monday, February 8 - 2:00 pm

Out 1: Episode 3 + 4
(107 min. + 106 min. + 15 min. intermission)
Saturday, February 6 - 6:30pm
Monday, February 8 - 6:30 pm

Out 1: Episode 5 + 6
(89 min. + 100 min. + 15 min. intermission)
Sunday, February 7 - 2:00pm
Thursday, February 11 - 7:00 pm

Out 1: Episode 7 + 8
(97 min. + 74 min. + 15 min. intermission)
Sunday, February 7 - 6:30pm
Friday, February 12 - 7:00 pm

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Scheduling note: Out 1’s eight parts will be screened in four segments, each comprised of two parts. Double bill prices in effect for each two-part segment:
$16.00 Adult / $14.00 Seniors & Students

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