This weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse – South Lamar, believe in magic all over again with Jacques Rivette’s CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (a brand new 35mm print!). Enter a fantastic, surreal world of storytelling and imagination, where the real meets the unreal and stories both told and heard serve as imaginative portals to sheer adventure!
Long before the trend of intellectually load-bearing CGI, stories both in the cinema and outside of it were mainly illustrated with words, ideas, and gestures. To form an illusion, the audience would by necessity be complicit in the storytelling act, to make complete the actions of any given narrative. The act of imagining, of connecting the proverbial dots based on an idea or description, is pleasurable in a kind of basic, essential way – it may well be the most important thing we can do – affirming we are alive by creating (and sustaining) myth. In this way, the very foundation of our society rests in and with the stories we tell. From the time we are born to the time we leave this earth, what we hold most dear are the stories of our life, mundane as they may be, and the fantastic, mystical, and the at times unbelievable tales that serve as the bedrock upon which we, as young boys and girls, build our imaginations. From Santa Claus to the Easter Bunny and back again, there is something important and heartwarming in the naiveté that comes with youth -- our willingness to dream big and believe the impossible, no matter the odds or consequences.
Like Alice who tumbled down the rabbit hole to the titular wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 seminal novel, Celine and Julie of Jacques Rivette’s CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING willfully tumble down their own, admittedly metaphorical, type of rabbit hole. That is to say, that Rivette’s two lively and energetic characters have miraculously retained the quality of indiscretion that is so characteristic of youth and have not yet exchanged their precious worldly sense of wonder for the cold, calculating reality of everyday life. They cling to innocence and stay alive, both physically and spiritually, by feeding their very own myths.
CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING is the tale of two inseparable women who get lost in one another’s soulful yarns, whose stories routinely get the best of them and who always make sure to get the best out of one another’s stories. A classic of the modern French cinema and considered to be Jacques Rivette’s most accomplished film, we at the Alamo Drafthouse are proud to present a brand new 35mm print of CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (1973) in collaboration with our good friends over at the Austin Film Society.
CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING plays on 2:00pm on Saturday, November 17th, and Sunday, November 18th, at the Alamo Drafthouse - South Lamar. Join us to celebrate the age-old tradition of storytelling!
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