Jacques Rivette – Out 1: Spectre (1974)


“Very rarely seen, this is the ‘short’ version of the 12-hour Out 1. In editing out a more modest film, Rivette tried to make something as unlike the original as possible. Nevertheless, Spectre is one of the greatest achievements in the cinema of duration and narrative pattern. As much an admirer of Lang as of Renoir, Rivette sought to combine ‘storyness’ with the most evident virtues of real time. His films begin to respond to the affinity between real life and movie—going on, nearly forever, free and open to any event—while gradually guiding this mass of material towards the kinds of design that we, the viewers or the readers, cannot help but see. Out 1: Spectre begins as nothing more than scenes from Parisian life; only as time goes by do we realize that there is a plot—perhaps playful, perhaps sinister—that implicates not just the thirteen characters (including Léaud, as the mystery’s self-styled detective), but maybe everyone, everywhere. Real life may be nothing but an enormous yarn someone somewhere is spinning.”

—David Thomson



german srt

Subtitles:German,English (srt)

  • fattulips

    thank you for sharing this film. i would love to see the full version “Out 1 noli me tangere” Do you happen to have it?

  • copticlight

    fat, it’s on youtube. however, it’s a tv rip with embedded subs in italian. it makes it difficult to read some of the english captions, but at least it’s there. hopefully the full version with the upgraded rip like this one will be available soon.

  • henry calves

    I would love to watch the full 12 hour version. I started watching it a couple of years ago, but the picture quality deterred me from completing it. This copy looks beautiful. Hopefully the entire cut of the series will come out in better quality.

  • henry calves

    It looks like an improved version was finally released: http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=435119