September 2013 Announcements

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Criterion announced their September slate earlier this week. Just now getting around to archiving it for myself.

Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin (Michel Serrault)—a middle-aged gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a glitzy drag club in St. Tropez—agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when the ultraconservative parents of Renato’s son’s fiancée come for a visit. This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warmhearted farce about the importance of nonconformity and the beauty of being true to oneself. A modest French comedy that became a breakout art-house smash in America, Edouard Molinaro’s La Cage aux Folles inspired a major Broadway musical and the blockbuster remake The Birdcage. But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there’s nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie. Spine #671

  • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with director Edouard Molinaro
  • Archival footage featuring actor Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of La Cage aux Folles
  • New interview with Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre
  • French and U.S. trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein
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Amazon/Best Buy 50% off sale.

For the last 10 days or so Best Buy has had a good amount of Criterion/Eclipse releases for 50% off. And since Amazon never lets Best Buy get away with a sale, they are price matching. Here’s a couple links to get you started on your way, (I get nothing if you click these links BTW.)

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August 2013 Announcements

The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, The Earrings of Madame de . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance. When an aristocratic woman known only as Madame de . . . (Danielle Darrieux) sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband (Charles Boyer) in order to pay some debtd, she sets off a chain reaction of financial and carnal consequences that can end only in despair. Ophuls’s adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin’s incisive fin de siècle novel employs to ravishing effect the elegant and precise camera work for which the director is so justly renowned. Spine #445

  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholars Susan White and Gaylyn Studlar
  • Introduction by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Interviews with director Max Ophuls’s collaborators Alan Jessua, Marc Frédérix, and Annette Wademant
  • Visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher
  • Interview with writer Louise de Vilmorin about Ophuls’s adaptation of her novel
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell, an excerpt from costume designer Georges Annenkov’s 1962 book Max Ophuls, and Vilmorin’s 1951 source novel, Madame de

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