Thursday, May 31, 2007

Out 1 of my mind?

by Ryland Walker Knight

my mind

By now I'm sure you think I'm crazy what with the Episode III and Pirates love. So, to further confirm your suspicions, I'm announcing that I will take the plunge and see Jacques Rivette's Out 1 Saturday June 9th and Sunday June 10th and hope to write out something each night so I can cull it together into a longer essay no later than Monday June 11th. I have a summer school essay to write that week (as well as some books to read) so the Rivette work may not be as grand as planned -- but it will happen. What's funny is this will be my first experience with a Rivette film. I missed PFA's retrospective last December when I was still in Seattle and I have not had time to track down a DVD of Celine & Julie, or any of his films, really, since my return to school.

Maybe I, too, think I'm a little out of my mind these days and feel the need to whole heartedly (and full bodiedly) commit myself to showing myself (and you?) that I still like foreign films as well as Ho'wood product. But hey, the last DVD I bought was a used copy of Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry. That I haven't watched it yet in the days in between should make no difference: I still bought the sumbitch. Other recent purchases include
  • an early-release of a Korean DVD of The Host, which is somehow Region-1, and Ameoba somehow already has in stock (I think I'll be grabbing the "real" Region-1 disc later, but more on that development later);
  • a used copy of Japon off Amazon; need to write something more in-deapth about it AND Battle in Heaven;
  • I've basically stolen my friend's boss' copy of Dead Man's Chest; I should just get my own at this point;
  • a ton of books for summer school: the coolest being J.L. Austin's How To Do Things With Words, a hilariously on-point and semial Ordinary Language Philosophy text, which is also concerned with tacts Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations took up (which is also assigned), which is also discussed, along with the Austin book, in the other assigned text for that class, Jacques Derrida's Limited Inc, which means we're gonna have a great 103B with a great professor guiding us through these texts;
  • more than a few burritos;
  • a new MacBook to replace my busted three-year-old Power Book G4;
  • a pretty nifty all-in-one printer (it came with the MacBook for the fee of the USB cable);
  • Hemp Milk (actually, that was a gift, but I would consider buying it for myself);
  • and I'd like to buy some new clothes, but I need to save some money, too
since Out 1 tickets are $10 a day and I will probably have to buy more food and more DVDs and pay more rent and more credit card bills throughout the rest of the summer until I get my Fall Financial Aid dispersement. Cuz, you know, I refuse to get a job. I promise: I'm keeping it all together. I mean, I got straight A's last semester. Ever juggling, up and up and away and out.

[Keith says this one is fantastic.]


  1. Good luck with Out 1, I imagine that'll be an odd place to start with Rivette, maybe read some of his criticism first at least?

    The NWFF didn't play Out 1 (either version) when they ran their Rivette series, which I missed all of anyway because they only ran it on days I was working. I hear they did great business on Celine & Julie though.

  2. I may get curious and watch Celine & Julie in the Cal library before then, sometime next week. But I also think it'd be a kind of great place to start. I can deal with it, I'm fairly certain. They're also playing L'amour fou, another super-long film, from 01968, and I may dive into that one as well. We shall see.

  3. "Out 1" is almost the polar opposite of "L'amour fou". I found the former full of humor (though little "laugh out loud" humor) -- even without English subtitles (only Italian ones -- which was weird). LAF, on the other hand, is as searingly, unrelentingly intense as a film can be -- like watching the marriage of friends break up right before your eyes, in real time.

    We started out our Rivette explorations with "Gang of Four", which was a pretty good introduction.

  4. Thanks for the tip, Mr Kerpan. I don't know if I have it in me to watch a marriage break up in front of me for upwards of 250 minutes these days...

    I've been peeking in on your blog every now and again and even though I don't always know the films you write about, I keep wishing I did know, that I had seen them. Someday. Hopefully I have more than a few more days left.

  5. "L'amour fou" apparently is a distillation (and sublimation) of the Godard / Anna Karina crack-up. It is astounding work (Bulle Ogier is especially superb) -- but it is VERY draining. This filmhas a built-in Intermission -- and one really did need it.

    There are so many remarkable films from the past 100+ years of world cinema that I doubt that anyone could ever begin to be familiar with everything. One thing I would like to accomplish with my site is to let people know just how remarkably boundless the treasures of cinema are.

    I started very late on Asian cinema, so I have to make up for lost time. Consequently, I tend to neglect other areas of cinema. But one can't watch everything. ;~}

  6. What great video, I think that it is one of the best series, I have watched all the episodes , it is my favorite series !

  7. Nice video, I guess should be hard to find out that someone that you loved die and the die wasn't an accident.
    Anyway, I gues I'm gonna look for this movie on internet.

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