Out 1: actors/characters

More Out 1: intro, story day 1, story day 2

Prometheus Group:

Thomas – Michael Lonsdale, in a couple movies by Francois Truffaut and Marguerite Duras, Resnais’s Stavisky, Bunuel’s Phantom of Liberty, Welles’ The Trial, and some American thrillers like Ronin, Munich, and Moonraker.
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Leader of the group, friend of Sarah, overall conspirator. Seems in charge for the first half and gets progressively more unhinged towards the end, possibly because of his romantic interest in Lili, Sarah, and/or Beatrice.

Achille – Sylvain Corthay, had small parts in Demy’s Donkey Skin and Rivette’s Joan of Arc. Has a public website and email address.
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Beatrice – Edwine Moatti
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Leaves the group towards the end of the movie.

Bergamotte – Bernadette Onfroy
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Rose – Christiane Corthay
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Faune РMonique Cl̩ment, played Myrtille in Celine & Julie (who was that?)
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Seven Against Thebes Group:

Lili – Michèle Moretti, from Rivette’s L’Amour fou. Still active in TV and movies, has been in a lot of stuff, incl. an André Téchiné film.
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Lili leads the Thebes group. She’s one of the 13, and used to be in Thomas’s group before she left and started her own using different techniques.

Quentin – Pierre Baillot, started out in William Klein’s famous 60’s movies, later in Rivette’s Joan of Arc.
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Wins a million francs on a horse race, which is immediately stolen by Renaud. At the end, when things start unravelling, he’s the only member of Lili’s group to join Thomas’s.

Marie – Hermine Karagheuz, played a nurse in Secret Defense, also in Merry Go Round and Duelle.
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Sent the letters to Colin? So, a friend of Pierre?

Nicolas – Marcel Bozonnet, also in Rivette’s Joan of Arc and Up Down Fragile.
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AKA Arsenal, Papa, Théo, Yogurt and others. I think each character calls him by a different name. A real ladies’ man. These two things may be related.

Elaine – Karen Puig
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The one who tells Lucie when Lili runs off to Obade

Solo Artists:

Colin – Jean-Pierre Leaud, french new wave poster boy, one of my favorite actors, star of Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel series, also appeared in films by Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda, Jean Cocteau, Luc Moullet, Catherine Breillat, Raoul Ruiz, Jean Eustache, Philippe Garrel, Aki Kaurismäki, Olivier Assayas, Bernardo Bertolucci and Tsai Ming-Liang.
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Colin is first credited as “the deaf-mute”. Gets coded messages that lead him around the city trying to uncover the secret group of thirteen. Falls for Pauline (Emilie) and hangs out at her shop.

Frederique – Juliet Berto also played Celine! Also in Duelle and a few Godard movies, died in 1990.
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Along with Colin, one of the two who seem to drive the plot. Steals some letters between members of the 13 and tries to uncover the group and sell the letters.

Conspirators:

Emilie – Bulle Ogier, played Camille (the blonde ghost) in Celine & Julie. Starred in Duelle, Gang of Four, Don’t Touch The Axe and L’Amour Fou, also in Discreet Charm and Irma Vep.
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Known as Pauline in Paris, has two kids by her lover Igor who has disappeared. Runs a shop in Paris, where Colin meets her. May own the house in Obade, too, so either she or Igor is wealthy.

Sarah – Bernadette Lafont, an original nouvelle vague actress, starring in Truffaut’s Les Mistons and Chabrol’s Les Bonnes Femmes and Le Beau Serge. Has been in a ton of things, incl. Noroit, Ruiz’s Genealogies of a Crime, Malle’s Le Voleur, and The Mother and the Whore.
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An old friend of Thomas’s, her return to Paris leads eventually to the breakup of the Prometheus group, or at least the abandonment of the play.

Renaud – Alain Libolt, appeared in Army of Shadows and a few Eric Rohmer films.
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The object of Honeymoon’s affection, ends up dating Frederique after stealing Quentin’s cash and fleeing the Thebes group.

Lucie – Francoise Fabian, title role in My Night at Maud’s and the mother in Secret Defense, among many others.
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Lawyer, friend of Lili, seems to know everyone.

Warok – Jean Bouise, in a ton of movies I haven’t heard of, plus The War Is Over, Z, and Joseph Losey’s Mr. Klein, which had a bunch of interesting actors in it. Died before the release of his final film, La Femme Nikita.
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Member (maybe leader) of the 13.

Etienne – Jacques Donoil-Valcroze, co-founder of Cahiers du Cinema, died in 1989. A screenwriter and director from as far back as 1956, played the husband in Le Coup du Berger.
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Chess player whose letters get stolen by Frederique.

Iris – Ode Bitton
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Emilie’s nanny

Georges, Pierre and Igor
Members of the 13, mentioned in conversations, letter and phone calls but never seen.

Minor Cast:

Honeymoon – Michel Berto, got small parts in Merry Go Round and Joan of Arc, died in 1995.
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Frederique’s only real friend, it seems.

Max
Quentin’s son.

Nicolas’s friend
I think her character’s only purpose is for numerology’s sake… she and Max help search for Renaud after the theft, dividing the city into seven sections.

Gian-Reto – Barbet Schroeder, played the guy in the house in Celine & Julie and has a part in Don’t Touch The Axe. Directed Maitresse and some famed documentaries in the 70’s and since the late 80’s he’s been making commercial Hollywood thrillers.

Martin, Chausette, Leonard
Hangers-on at Elaine/Pauline’s shop, trying to start a newspaper or magazine.

Colin’s landlady – Gilette Barbier, had small roles in The Nun and movies by Rossellini, Resnais, Varda and Juan Luis Buñuel.
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L’ethnologue – Michel Delahaye of L’Amour Fou and The Nun, has small parts in Truffaut and Godard films.
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Chaussette
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Lorenzo’s envoy – Stéphane Tchalgadjieff, producer of Out 1. He was somehow still willing to work with Rivette afterwards, producing Noroit, Duelle and Merry Go Round. Also The Devil Probably, India Song, Beyond the Clouds and Eros.
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Le Balzacien – played by director Eric Rohmer
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