Jacques Rivette, French film director and film critic, Died at 87

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Jacques Rivette was born on March 1, 1928, and died on January 29, 2016.

He was a French film director and film critic.

He was most commonly associated with the French New Wave and Cahiers du Cinéma.

Jacques has made twenty-eight films, including Le Coup de Berger, Paris Belongs to Us, L’amour fou, Out 1, Celine and Julie Go Boating, Le Pont du Nord, La Belle Noiseuse and Va savoir.

Jacques Rivette was the inspiration for Jean Cocteau to becoming a filmmaker, shot his first short film at age twenty.

He then relocated to Paris to continue his career, frequenting Henri Langlois’ Cinémathèque Française and other ciné-clubs; there, he met François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Éric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol and other future members of the New Wave.

He started writing film criticism, and was hired by André Bazin for Cahiers du Cinéma in 1953.

Jacques displayed an important admiration for American films, especially for those by genre directors such as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Nicholas Ray, and was deeply critical of mainstream French cinema.

Jacques Rivette’s articles, respected by his peers, were considered the magazine’s most aggressive and best-written.

Jacques Rivette recommended making short films, including Le Coup de Berger (often cited as the first New Wave film), and Truffaut credited Rivette with developing the movement.

Jacques Rivette passed away at 87yrs old.