Merry-Go-Round (Off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

DJ set by Taylor Rowley from The Windmills Of Your Mind on KXLU + Pre-reception with accordion performance by Andy Favre aka Alpine Universe, snacks and a puppet show before the film!

Presented by La Collectionneuse & MUBI
This event will take place off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, located at 1345 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Originally conceived as part of the “Girls of Fire” tetralogy (later retitled Scenes From a Parallel Life), which began with Duelle and Noroît, Merry-Go-Round would ultimately stretch Rivette and all those involved to their limits (Last Tango in Paris’ Maria Schneider eventually walked off set). Described by Rivette as a simple story wherein “two people get together because a third, who has arranged to meet them, does not show up,” Merry-Go-Round feels like waking up from a dream that might have been a nightmare. With periodic interludes to alternate realities and dreamscapes, this sometimes maddeningly circuitous film, posing as an espionage thriller loaded with symbolism and MacGuffins at every turn—mysterious phone calls, anonymous notes, empty graves, sand dunes, and a seemingly endless string of X-marks-the-spots—ultimately reveals itself to be far more interested in the game of looking than resolution itself. Bolstered by Rivette’s perverse version of a Greek chorus (an improv jazz clarinetist and a double bass player), Merry-Go-Round is one of cinema’s greatest experiments.

Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1981, Digital Presentation, 160 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!