Paris Belongs to Us


2h 20m 1962
Paris Belongs to Us

Brief Synopsis

A young French girl becomes embroiled with some young Spaniards, who fear for their lives in regards to some organization is out to get them becuase of some supposed involvement in a conspiracy. But, the Spaniards chose suicide over murder.

Film Details

Also Known As
Paris Is Ours, Paris nous appartient
Genre
Drama
Mystery
Experimental
Foreign
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 Nov 1962
Production Company
Ajym Films; Films du Carrosse
Distribution Company
Merlyn Films
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

While attending a party on the Left Bank in Paris, student Anne Goupil overhears a discussion of the mysterious suicide of Juan, a young Spaniard. Later she meets Gérard Lenz, a theatrical director, and Philip Kaufman, an American victim of McCarthyism. Philip tells her that Juan died because he had learned the secret of a worldwide conspiracy; Gérard also knows the secret and will be the next victim. Hoping to save Gérard's life by remaining near him, Anne takes a part in a play he is directing. Her further efforts to unravel the mystery lead her to Terry, the former mistress of all three men. Terry admits that she learned the secret from Philip and confided it to both Juan and Gérard. Anne fails to save Gérard, and after Gérard's suicide, Philip is revealed as a paranoiac who, suffering from an old war wound, invented the story of the worldwide organization. Anne realizes that the deaths of Juan and Gérard are attributable not to any conspiracy, but rather to the motivations of their own lives.

Film Details

Also Known As
Paris Is Ours, Paris nous appartient
Genre
Drama
Mystery
Experimental
Foreign
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 Nov 1962
Production Company
Ajym Films; Films du Carrosse
Distribution Company
Merlyn Films
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in June 1960 as Paris nous appartient; running time: 140 min. Also known as Paris Is Ours.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1960

Released in United States 1996

Jacques Rivette's feature directorial debut.

The shorter 120 minute version was distributed in the French provinces.

Began shooting in 1957.

The film took a long time to complete because money kept running out, until finally Chabrol and Truffaut, because of their recent found success, helped Rivette get his completion money.

Released in United States 1960

Released in United States 1960 (Premiered in Paris late 1960.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown in Nwe York City (Anthology Film Archives) as part of program "Rivettians - The Films of Jacques Rivette" November 15 - December 15, 1996.)