Henri-Georges Clouzot’s brilliant feature-length debut comes to Blu-ray with a thrilling new restoration from the Masters of Cinema series.
La Voix Humaine, Poulenc’s one-act and one-character opera, is given a tour de force performance by brilliant singing actress, Dame Felicity Lott. Its appeal is enhanced further by the solo piano accompaniment of Graham Johnson.
The coupling of the two Gluck Iphigénia operas is a rare occasion, served well by this updated, bare staged effort of the Nederlandse Opera. Excellent singing trumps the lack of sets and the clashing wardrobes.
Love Crime is a guilty pleasure of revenge carried by its two strong leads in Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier.
Claude Chabrol’s second feature, Les cousins, was a mirror image of his first, Le beau Serge. More successful than the former, the complex morality play that mixed elements of farce, romance, thriller, and film noir would go on to help define and vindicate the nouvelle vague.
The classic that launched the nouvelle vague arrives in a beautifully rendered edition from the Masters of Cinema series.
Director Robert Bresson creates an effective, grim, yet inspirational film about prison life in occupied France during World War II. Economy of dialogue and cinematography provide the proper amount of tension. The efforts of the Criterion Collection archivists result in a quite watchable restoration.
Featuring a convincing performance by Romain Duris, MPI’s The Big Picture is a Talented Mr. Ripley-styled film well worth checking out.
You will find hardly any films out there more profound, more tragically romantic, more heartbreaking, or more delicately handled than Amour.
Mellville’s wartime thriller about French Resistance comes to Blu-ray in the UK in a wonderfully restored edition from StudioCanal Collection.