What is Paris s'en va?
translated by Andreas Volkert

"L'OEUVRE" (p. 32)

Before Le Pont du Nord Rivette films Paris s'en va, a short film of approximately 25 minutes. He works with the same actors and the same technical team on both films. Henry Chapier who produced the short: "At the beginning of the '80s nobody was interested in Rivette's highly imaginative project Le Pont du Nord. Therefore Rivette came up with a kind of 'transposition' of the themes of Le Pont du Nord in the shape of Paris s'en va. Just like a painter in the Renaissance who does a sketch for a future project."


1980: Bulle Ogier and her daughter Pascale are united in the Rivette short Paris s'en va (40 mins). Rivette: "The adventure of making Paris s'en va was my first experience as a producer." [...]

1982: Paris s'en va is shown in a shorter cut (25 mins). (1)

  1. In the online program from a Rivette retrospective held at the Centre Pompidou in 2007, the length is given as 38 minutes.

Originally appeared in du No. 5 (May 1994): 32, 84. Translated by Andreas Volkert.