Birth Place: France
In retrospect, Rivette's debut sketched out the path which all his subsequent films would follow; "Paris Nous Appartient" was a monumental undertaking for the critic-turned-director, with some 30 actors (including Chabrol, Godard and Jacques Demy), almost as many locations, and an impenetrably labyrinthine narrative.
His next film, the considerably more commercial "La Religieuse" (1965), was an adaptation of the Diderot novel which Rivette had staged in 1963. The least characteristic of all his features, it was also his first and only commercial success, becoming a "success de scandale" when the government blocked its release for a year.
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