Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office.

“Gueule de bois” (literally “wooden mouth”) or hungover after the 4th of July? Dress up in your classiest French outfit and join us for our pre-reception on the patio at 6:30pm, for cocktails, music, photo booth and mingling…

One of the most criminally overlooked corners of cinema is Jacque Rivette’s half-completed quartet of films, “The Daughters Of Fire.” Conceived in 1976, they were inspired as much by the mystical writings of Gerard de Nerval, the arcane origins of Mardi Gras, and certain Hollywood postwar genre films as by magic and ritual and a quest to invent an entirely new form of mise en scène. La Collectioneuse presents this extremely rare screening of the first and greatest of these, Duelle. Experience the bewitching Goddess of the Sun (radiant Bulle Ogier) and the Goddess of the Moon (luminous Juliet Berto) as they descend to Earth in search of a magical red diamond that will allow them to extend their stay in the mortal realm. With a glorious orchestration of color, costume, and sinuous, sinister camera moves, Duelle is infused with the occult noir spirit of Mark Robson’s The Seventh Victim and the poetic romanticism of Cocteau’s Knights Of The Round Table (the sole male cast-member is one of his dancers), and exists as one of those rare portals, a movie mirror through which the viewer may glide trembling to an endlessly seductive twilight world of invented myth.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1976, 121 min.

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