Jacques Rivette, The Night Watchman

Early in her career, director Claire Denis worked as an assistant to Rivette. In this documentary for the television series Cinéma, de notre temps, she pays tribute to her mentor and longtime friend, and also to the great critic and former editor of Cahiers du cinéma Serge Daney, who interviews Rivette while accompanying him on his peregrinations across his favorite set: the city of Paris. The critic and the critic-turned-director visit the city's cafes and ride on the Métro as their conversation touches on questions of art and ethics and the history of the French New Wave; sometimes the answers to Daney's probing questions come not in words but in the fleeting expressions on Rivette's face. “Between the director and her two brilliant, loquacious subjects, there are three very fine minds on display in this film” (Film Society of Lincoln Center).

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