92 Great Directors: Jacques Rivette

“I have no relation with television. It’s not a willed refusal. First, because I’m never at home; there too, it’s a question of lifestyle. I have on occasion seen films on television at friends’ homes, and since I’m not used to it, I’ve always had the impression that I was not watching the film, that I was seeing something else, a reflection . . . It was not a real connection! I agree with what [Jean] Eustache says, television is great for a second viewing, but not for discovering a film. It’s a bit like seeing a film again on the editing table. And when I speak with people who’ve seen on television a film I saw earlier on the screen, I always have the impression that they haven’t seen quite the same film, but maybe that’s wrong.”
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