Friday, 3 July 2009

Out 1: Noli me tangere (Jacques Rivette, 1971)

This request, as voiced by one of my readers, was partly sparked by that post of Garrel's La Cicatrice Intérieure, and constitutes another outstanding example of 1970s French experimentalism. So much for vacuous introductions.

ETA 07/29: All done.

"Out 1 has been accurately described as a “film-fleuve,” and though its current may be slow, its volume is massive; one could easily follow any one of its many tributaries to vast thematic territory: a documentary portrait of its era (so much of the film is shot in the open streets of Paris), individualism versus group dynamics, play and performances in and of the film, its use of mirrors as a dominant visual motif, its cinÈma vÈritÈ [sic] and handheld camera techniques borrowed from Jean Rouch, improvisational structures versus traditionally scripted execution, etc.

On first viewing, the film struck me as a deep meditation on the mythology, rehearsal, and excitement of groupmaking (acting troupes or political alliances) that envision changing the world but in the end find themselves abstracted and disorganized to the point of disintegration. It came as no surprise when Koehler compared the movie to Eustache’s equally absorbing The Mother and the Whore (1973) and other post-1968 films in which the dreams of political revolution are seen to fizzle and sputter into inactivity, personal tragedy, and even blithe denial. Out 1 is about the excitement of discovery and subversion, which is why it’s so well served by its formal system and mode of production. But as preparation, performance and seduction gradually drift into betrayal, lucidity and abandonment, its protagonists find themselves on the downward trough of a receding wave. “We laid out the principles but we never got further,” one conspirator confesses to another. “We committed without knowing our goal.” That the film wholly succeeds in being about–and an entrancing example of–that ebb and flow of unpredictable communal energy makes it an indelible cinematic adventure."
(as quoted from Doug)

Credit shall go to whoever originally digitalised and distributed this. Technical data of this release can be consulted here. The english subtitles are a little hard to follow at times because they overlap with the Italian hardsub. Download:

Episode 1: De Lili à Thomas (01:24:40)
Episode 2: De Thomas à Frédérique (01:44:53)
Episode 3: De Frédérique à Sarah (01:43:38)
Episode 4: De Sarah à Colin (01:41:39)
Episode 5: De Colin à Pauline (01:25:31)
Episode 6: De Pauline à Emilie (01:36:24)
Episode 7: D'Emilie à Lucie (01:33:45)
Episode 8: De Lucie à Marie (01:09:49)


Anonymous said...

Ha, I did watch this in two sittings in New movie of the 70s, bar none. Thanks so much for putting it up here!

maready said...

Jessica ------ YOU DID IT!!!!

YOU ARE NOW (even more than before) A WEB HEROine!!!

I hope you are able to keep the pieces coming, because it really only picks up the pace in about the third hour. :))))

I do hope that the film people online will find this in their searches, whether they pick it up from you or the original torrent.

Thanks again for your pitch-perfect partisanship and canny curatorial genius.

Jessica said...

thank you, Anon!

maready (you awe-inspiring alliterationist, haha),
as I implied already, my upload speed is about 33kbps at most, but I will definitely try to get the other episodes up during the next week or so (the end of term is drawing near...). By the way, I hope the quality of the video material is alright for y'all.

I will probably post this to surrealmoviez as well once I'm done with that tedious uploading process.

Stéphane du Mesnildot said...

Thank you Jessica !
Great idea !
and bravo for the entire blog. I'm a big fan of Les ralizes !

Anonymous said...

With this film the quality isn't that much of an issue -- there's only one complete print of the full version (the 4 hour cut is much easier to see, they seem to drag it out once a year or so at Anthology in NY, for example), and it's not in the greatest shape. Plus it's not subtitled -- they've been using this system where they load all the subtitles on a Power Point like system and projecting them onto the screen, with French translators in the projection booth manually clicking through them line by line. Which gets rough later in the film, especially when sound quality is rough and the sections of the film where some of the dialogue is actually recorded in short the Italian hard subs aren't all that much more difficult than any other experience a non-French speaker would have.

maready said...

As Anon said, the quality is not a real big issue with this "holy grail" of film. And those French Power Point subtitle people were heroic in New York, manually projecting the titles for 6 hours a day (in two sessions). I was there too, Anon, nice to hear from you.

And again, thank you Jessica, for fishing this out of the torrential stream with your tiny, yet tenacious, hard drive! Take all the time you need ... sometimes a long wait can be very satisfying. I hope you like Jean-Pierre in this one (and Juliet Berto, RIP, and Bulle Ogier).

Le Sot said...

A web Heroine realy !

La Nouvelle Vague vous en sera éternellement reconnaissante.

Thanks again and again.

Le Sot said...

Hi Jessica it's Le Sot again...

I have a lot of films of french nouvelle vague era (JLG, Rivette, Eustache, Resnais etc...) with english subtitle, if you are interested I submit this list with pleasure !

Contact me by email at Le Sot.
Souris for the english but french and sot then...

Anonymous said...

Thank you ! You gave me Carrel and now you are giving me Rivette !!! Thank you, merci !
João Luis, from São Paulo, Brasil

nrh said...

Wow, the whole thing? A hero for sure.

As a fellow SM member and fan of a certain type of Japanese animation, have you ever seen "Night on the Galactic Railroad"?
Based on a genuine literary classic by a beloved poet, it's a hell of a movie, don't let the cats fool you...

Jessica said...

I just learned today that somebody already had posted rapidshare links of "Out 1" on SM, way back in April! Somebody else to glorify, haha!
Allez ici:
(registration mandatory)

I do know about "Night on the Galactic Railroad," I must have stumbled upon it while I was looking for something similarly surreal to "Angel's Egg" because that movie really, really overwhelmed me. So, I watched some parts of it and while it's certainly not exactly like "Angel's Egg," unfortunately it also failed to impress me from an impartial point of view. I dunno, I may look into it again. Or should I read the book first? Because embarrassingly enough, I don't know that one at all, haha.

Also: thank you all for the comments!

Anonymous said...

Blimey, this and La Cicatrice Intérieure?!? This is something of a lucky day. Many, many thanks. And also for the Maki Asakawa!

Jessica said...

I had to look up "blimey". Thanks for expanding my knowledge of British colloquialisms, haha.

Josh said...

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Anonymous said...

many many thanks for this film...but unfortunatly some link are broken.
and it's not possible to see the EP 2, EP 4 and 6
could you please have a look.
I'm a big fan of your blog...bravo

Anonymous said...

Exactly: part 4 of EP2, part 4 of EP4 and parts 1-4 of EP6 are not available anymore, can you please re-upload it?
Many thanks!

앤서니 said...

yes! please re-upload the missing parts!

i've been wanting to see the whole thing for years now...

great blog, btw ^_^

앤서니 said...

after going through all the links, here are the latest dead ones:

ep 2: pt 4
ep 4: pt 2,3,4
ep 6: pt 1,2,3,4

i really hope you can re-upload... you'd be my hero!

jɔta said...

I'm sorry to say but, as this blog is increasingly exposed to the forces of digital corrosion, I probably won't be re-uploading these files again; it doesn't help that my bandwidth sucks and I would have to demand a lot of patience from you.

But: if you were to send a mail to my spam address (, I could give you some working RS links that a user over at surrealmoviez provided.

앤서니 said...

yes! thank you! i'll shoot an email over your way.