In the series “Lynch/Rivette,” the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents seven double features, pairing major works (some that obviously fit together and others connected more abstractly) by the two masters. And although David Lynch and Jaques Rivette share little demographically, their thematic obsessions make for a crowded overlapping section of a Venn diagram.
Shifting identities, a slippery, sometime near unknowable reality and the supernatural as almost the quotidian characterize the films. Women, often in danger, confront mystery as daydreams and nightmares–perfectly double billed “Céline and Julie Go Boating” (1974) and “Mulholland Drive” (2001), drift into each other.
Rivette’s reaction to Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” (1992), (it’s) “the craziest film in the history of cinema. I have no idea what happened, I have no idea what I saw, all I know is that I left the theater floating six feet above the ground” can be equally applied to the rest of the films included in “Lynch/Rivette.” Film Society says that Lynch and Rivette’s “best films act as spells.”
“Lynch/Rivette” will open on Friday, December 11 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater and runs through Tuesday, December 22.