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  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H5FTPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Muzzlehatch VINE VOICE on April 24, 2011
First of all I must tell you that this film is not (as of April 2011) available with English subtitles. There's this Italian DVD (OP), there was a Spanish VHS apparently, and I believe there was or is an unsubbed French DVD. So non-French-speakers are at a disadvantage, but I can tell you that, even as someone with only a slight understanding of the language, it's not a barrier to enjoying this film, the main plotline of which is about 60% in English anyway. Now on to the review -

The first thing that needs to be addressed here is the date (1981) listed by the IMDb; while MERRY-GO-ROUND may well have actually gotten it's first public screening after LE PONT DU NORD, also listed as a 1981 film, it was in fact filmed three years earlier, in 1978, the first project that Rivette, screenwriter Eduardo de Gregorio, and producer Stéphane Tchalgadjieff put together after their ambitious four-part "Scenes From a Parallel Life" fell apart in 1976 after only two films were completed. Rivette wanted something that didn't have the complexities and challenges of the previous two films, and MERRY-GO-ROUND, imagined initially as an improvised and quickly-shot mystery, was the result. French actress Maria Schneider wanted to work with the director, and both she and Rivette were excited to get American actor Joe Dallesandro on board; Dallesandro's lack of fluency in French was probably a big part of why the film ended up having the majority of it's dialogue in English - the only one of Rivette's films to not be primarily in his native language, though the film was shot entirely in and near Paris.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Lucas on April 28, 2010
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First: This is a PAL Region 0 Italian DVD. You must have an all-region DVD player to play this disc. This disc has Italian subtitles, no English. The film itself is in English & French. Like a lot of Rivette films, the dialogue is largely improvised to a loosely plotted scenario. The quality of the picture and transfer is excellent.

This is one of Rivette's most enigmatic films. It was made after his ambitious four-film cycle, Scènes de la vie parallèle, collapsed shortly into filming its third installment, Histoire de Marie et Julien (the first film, Noirot, was never released, and the second, Duelle, was barely released). Rivette had apparently suffered a nervous breakdown, which might account for the somewhat darker tone of Merry-Go-Round and its companion film, Pont du Nord.

Fans of Rivette's work know that there is little need to summarize the plot in depth. Its a murder/inheritance mystery with the usual Rivette themes of conspiracy and play. The leads are two cinematic rebels, Warhol's Joe Dellasandro, and French actress Maria Schneider, whose career was already suffering from her erratic behavior and drug habit.

This is one of his best films, without a doubt. I highly recommend that any Rivette fan purchase this, regardless of how well you speak French. The dialogue isn't so important, and you won't want to miss this film.
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