Duelle | Chicago Reader


The second installment of a four-part series that was never completed, Jacques Rivette's 1975 film is a haunting fantasy about two goddesses (Bulle Ogier and Juliet Berto) who descend to contemporary Paris and battle for possession of a magic stone that will allow them to remain on earth. The plot decodes into a conflict between the magical and the realistic cinema—Lumiere versus Melies—and Rivette works out the implications of this contradiction in his mise-en-scene, which applies a long-take, realistic technique to enigmatic situations and mysterious characters. Darker and quieter in tone than Rivette's better-known Celine and Julie Go Boating, though just as inventive and cryptically intelligent. With Jean Babilee, Hermine Karagheuz, and Nicole Garcia; Eduardo de Gregorio and Marilu Parolini collaborated with Rivette on the script.

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