Rivette, Jacques

DIRECTOR (FRANCE)
BORN 1 Mar 1928, Rouen, Seine-Maritime - DIED 29 Jan 2016, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 21)

Jacques Rivette was born into a family of pharmacists. His father was a painter who loved opera. He studied literature for a while but the work of Jean Cocteau inspired him to make films. He moved to Paris in 1949 where he met Jean Gruault on the day of his arrival. He took lessons at the Sorbonne and in 1953 he started writing for Cahiers du Cinéma. Together with François Truffaut he created a series of interviews with film directors. In 1956 he made the short film "Le Coup du Berger". He co-wrote and directed "Paris nous appartient" (1961) but it failed financially. Early in the 1960s he married Marilù Parolini. They divorced some years later, but continued their professional relationship afterwards.

From 1962 to 1967 he was the editor of Cahiers du cinéma which he turned into a Marxist journal. He made "Suzanne Simonin, la Religieuse de Denis Diderot" ("The Nun"), but it was censored. André Malraux defended the movie and allowed it to be shown at the Cannes Festival of 1966. After Charles de Gaulle called the controversy 'silly' the ban was lifted and it was officially released in 1967. His next movie was "L'amour fou" (1969). He received praise for "Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies Over Paris" (1974). "Out 1: Spectre" was also released in 1974. He started several further projects before he was hit by a nervous breakdown in 1975.

In "Le Pont du Nord" (1982) he reflected on social and political aspects of France during the 1970s. After he teamed up with producer Martine Marignac he found it easier to obtain funding for his projects. "La Belle Noiseuse" (1991) was received well. He continued his career as a director until 2009. He married his second wife Veronique Manniez (b.1972) shortly after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She took care of him during the last years of his life. He died in 2016 in Paris. he was buried at Montmartre cemetery in Paris, not far from the grave of Francóis Truffaut.

Related persons
• was a friend of Chabrol, Claude
• was a friend of Truffaut, François

Images

The grave of Jacques Rivette at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)

 

Sources
Jacques Rivette - Wikipedia
RIVETTE Jacques (1928-2016) - Cimetières de France et d'ailleurs


Robecchi, Giulio

Published: 14 Mar 2020
Last update: 14 Mar 2020