Out 1, Noli Me Tangere
Out 1, Noli Me Tangere (1971)

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

While the actors are responsible for much of the creativity, these are the director's most obsessive works: every shot and scene is set up more as a question than an answer, hinging on the adventure and mystery of not knowing what will happen next.

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Fernando F. Croce

Rivette's transformative "pure hazard," couched in the bare image that holds a thousand enigmas

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

An extended anthropological discourse, a dissection of the dashed dreams and hopes of a counterculture destroying itself from within due to a misunderstood threat from without.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Rivette's last shot is an extraordinary throwaway that provoked spontaneous applause for being at once completely ordinary, totally unexpected, and positively diabolical in shifting the meaning of the entire previous 12 1/2 hours.

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Doug Cummings

Out 1 has been accurately described as a "film-fleuve," and though its current may be slow, its volume is massive; one could easily follow any one of its many tributaries to vast thematic territory.

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Robert Koehler

A monumental if cheeky culmination of the French New Wave.

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George Wu

What one can say after the experience is that there is nothing else quite like it in all of cinema.

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