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French New Wave

Classe tous risques [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted February 22nd, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Classe tous risques [UK] Blu-ray Review

Claude Sautet’s debut film Classe tous risques is a gripping crime thriller classic

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: 50th Anniversary Edition [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted February 16th, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: 50th Anniversary Edition [UK] Blu-ray Review

Jacques Demy’s “film in music” Les Parapluies de Cherbourg is radiant in this new restoration on Blu-ray from StudioCanal

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Two Men in Manhattan Blu-ray Review

Posted September 18th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Two Men in Manhattan Blu-ray Review

Melville kicks off the Nouvelle vague with this probing essay into the dark side of diplomats, their mistresses, richly delivered on Blu-ray

Le pont du nord [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 15th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Le pont du nord [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Le pont du nord is an atmospheric, unsettling, experimental late Nouvelle Vague masterpiece from Jacques Rivette.

Les cousins [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 16th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Les cousins [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

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.

Le beau Serge [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 16th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Le beau Serge [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

The classic that launched the nouvelle vague arrives in a beautifully rendered edition from the Masters of Cinema series.

Weekend [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 29th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Weekend [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Weekend is Jean Luc Godard’s frontal assault on the foibles of the middle class and their values or lack thereof. The Criterion Collection offers this restored version featuring decent if not outstanding sight and sound. Current viewers may find this film’s heavy-handed political agenda to be tough sledding.

Les cousins [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 26th, 2011 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Les cousins [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

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.

Le beau Serge [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 24th, 2011 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Le beau Serge [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Claude Chabrol’s first feature film, Le beau Serge, launched the nouvelle vague and showed his mastery as a director from the beginning. It’s a poignant look at the struggles of the working class, far from the glitz and glamor of the big city, shot in stark black and white and natural light.

Playtime [UK Release] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 23rd, 2010 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Playtime [UK Release] Blu-ray Review

Tati’s prophetic 1967 comedy Playtime finally arrives in its restored version on Blu-ray in the UK from the BFI.

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