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Director Henri Georges Clouzot

  • The Wages of Fear (Limited Edition Dual Format) [DVD] The Wages of Fear (Limited Edition Dual Format) | DVD | (23/10/2017) from £12.98  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    In 1953, before any American studio exec used the phrase "high concept", Henri-George Clouzot's The Wages of Fear boasted a premise so literally explosive that audiences were excited before they got into the theatres. With an oil-fire burning out of control deep in the South American jungle, two lorryloads of highly unstable nitro-glycerin have to be driven through miles of unstable terrain littered with dangerous turns, crumbling planks, falling rocks and mediocre hardtop. One good jolt will vaporise truck, nitro, drivers and a substantial swathe of the countryside, so the company recruits desperate souls among the loser tramps who loiter around the nowhere town of Las Piedras, begging for any kind of work. On the road, Clouzot stages a string of unforgettable sequences: one stretch of badly paved track can only be crossed by driving at under six miles an hour or over 40; a mountain turn requires that the trucks back out onto a rickety, rotten wooden structure; a 50-ton boulder has fallen into the road, and one of the drivers calmly drains a litre of nitro into his thermos to blow it up, only remembering when the fuse is lit that this will rain pebbles all over the countryside and a few good hits on the cargo will set it off. This is perhaps as great a mix of action-adventure and contest as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and still a textbook example of sustained suspense. On the DVD: The print is in great shape, though the image is a little soft; the menu has a clever explosive aspect and uses the same vintage artwork as the sleeve cannily combined with a snippet. There are trailers for both Wages and Clozuot's other masterpiece, Les Diaboliques, as well as biographies of the principal cast, eight stills and three posters.--Kim Newman

  • Le Corbeau [Blu-ray] [2017] Le Corbeau | Blu Ray | (05/03/2018) from £13.09  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A veritable masterpiece of French cinema, Henri-Georges Clouzot's (The Wages of Fear, Les Diaboliques) Le Corbeau is a dark and subversive study of human nature starring Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. A wave of hysteria sweeps the small provincial town of St. Robin when a series of poison-pen letters signed Le Corbeau (The Raven) appear, denouncing several prominent members of society. Starting with the village doctor, the slow trickle of sinister letters soon becomes a flood and no one is safe from their mysterious accusations. Condemned by the political left and right and the church upon its release in 1943, Clouzot was banned from filmmaking for two years after making the film. This Classic noir is essential viewing from the director often dubbed the French Hitchcock. Features: The Cursed MasterPiece Of Henri Georges Clouzot

  • The Mystery Of Picasso [Blu-ray] The Mystery Of Picasso | Blu Ray | (22/01/2018) from £10.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Mystery Of Picasso Henri-Georges Clouzot, best known for his classic French thriller Les Diaboliques, took on a different mystery in 1956: the creative process and the essence of an artist, namely Pablo Picasso. Utilising transparent canvases so the camera of Claude Renoir could directly capture an artwork s creation, Picasso created 20 artworks for the film. At first, these are simple sketches in marker, but each grows in complexity until the final reel, when The Mystery of Picasso switches to a CinemaScope ratio and bursts into colour. One of the greatest documentary portraits of an artist of work, this release is accompanied by two other films of Picasso: Paul Haesaerts BAFTA-winning A Visit to Picasso from 1949 and a charming home movie by fellow artist Man Ray. Features: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, from materials supplied by Gaumont Original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM) Optional English subtitles A Visit to Picasso, Paul Haesaerts 1949 BAFTA-winning documentary on the painter, capturing Picasso at work in his Vallauris studio La Garoupe, a 1937 home movie by Man Ray, in black and white and colour, of Picasso and friends holidaying near Antibes Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and illustrator John Coulthart

  • Le Corbeau [1943] Le Corbeau | DVD | (14/03/2005) from £9.79  |  Saving you £10.20 (51.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    An anonymous series of poison-pen letters spread suspicion and fear amongst the population of a small French town. The author of the letters who signs himself ""The Raven "" has enough defamatory information to provoke tension and suicide...

  • Diabolique [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] Diabolique | Blu Ray | (05/06/2017) from £15.09  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Legend has it that Henri-Georges Clouzot beat out Alfred Hitchcock to secure the rights to this novel, which proved to be a veritable blueprint for an icy masterpiece of murder, mystery and suspense. Véra Clouzot plays the sickly wife of a callous headmaster of a provincial boarding school going to seed, and the commanding Simone Signoret is the headmaster's mistreated mistress. Together they plot and carry out his murder, a brutal drowning that director Clouzot documents in chilly detail, but the corpse disappears and a nosy detective starts sniffing around the grounds as threatening notes taunt the women. Clouzot's thriller is as precise and accomplished a work as anything in Hitchcock's canon, a film of gruelling suspense and startling shocks in an overcast, grey world of decay, but his icy manipulations lack the human dimension and emotional resonance of the master of suspense. Many critics have accused the film of being misanthropic, and Clouzot's attitude toward his characters is bitter at best, contemptuous at worst. The viewer is left on the outside looking in, but the razor precision and terrifying twists deliver a sleek, bleak spectacle worthy of attention. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • Les Diaboliques [1954] Les Diaboliques | DVD | (29/10/2007) from £7.19  |  Saving you £12.80 (64.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Les Diaboliques is an unsettling and beautifully-paced study of betrayal mistrust and guilt. Set in a decaying boarding school it shows the grim course of a peculiar relationship between two female teachers and a sadistic headmaster. Atmospherically shot in black and white its murky tones hauntingly echo the moral ambiguity of its pricipals.

  • La Prisonniere [Blu-ray] [2017] La Prisonniere | Blu Ray | (05/03/2018) from £13.09  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Josée is the wife of an artist whose work is exhibited in Stan Hassler's modern art gallery. Stan, impotent and depraved, satisfies himself by photographing women in humiliating poses. Josée is fascinated by the man and soon falls completely in love with him...

  • Wages Of Fear [1952] Wages Of Fear | DVD | (21/01/2002) from £10.61  |  Saving you £9.38 (46.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In 1953, before any American studio exec used the phrase "high concept", Henri-George Clouzot's The Wages of Fear boasted a premise so literally explosive that audiences were excited before they got into the theatres. With an oil-fire burning out of control deep in the South American jungle, two lorryloads of highly unstable nitro-glycerin have to be driven through miles of unstable terrain littered with dangerous turns, crumbling planks, falling rocks and mediocre hardtop. One good jolt will vaporise truck, nitro, drivers and a substantial swathe of the countryside, so the company recruits desperate souls among the loser tramps who loiter around the nowhere town of Las Piedras, begging for any kind of work. On the road, Clouzot stages a string of unforgettable sequences: one stretch of badly paved track can only be crossed by driving at under six miles an hour or over 40; a mountain turn requires that the trucks back out onto a rickety, rotten wooden structure; a 50-ton boulder has fallen into the road, and one of the drivers calmly drains a litre of nitro into his thermos to blow it up, only remembering when the fuse is lit that this will rain pebbles all over the countryside and a few good hits on the cargo will set it off. This is perhaps as great a mix of action-adventure and contest as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and still a textbook example of sustained suspense. On the DVD: The print is in great shape, though the image is a little soft; the menu has a clever explosive aspect and uses the same vintage artwork as the sleeve cannily combined with a snippet. There are trailers for both Wages and Clozuot's other masterpiece, Les Diaboliques, as well as biographies of the principal cast, eight stills and three posters.--Kim Newman

  • The Mystery Of Picasso [DVD] The Mystery Of Picasso | DVD | (22/01/2018) from £10.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Mystery Of Picasso Henri-Georges Clouzot, best known for his classic French thriller Les Diaboliques, took on a different mystery in 1956: the creative process and the essence of an artist, namely Pablo Picasso. Utilising transparent canvases so the camera of Claude Renoir could directly capture an artwork s creation, Picasso created 20 artworks for the film. At first, these are simple sketches in marker, but each grows in complexity until the final reel, when The Mystery of Picasso switches to a CinemaScope ratio and bursts into colour. One of the greatest documentary portraits of an artist of work, this release is accompanied by two other films of Picasso: Paul Haesaerts BAFTA-winning A Visit to Picasso from 1949 and a charming home movie by fellow artist Man Ray. Features: Standard Definition presentation, from materials supplied by Gaumont Original French mono audio Optional English subtitles A Visit to Picasso, Paul Haesaerts 1949 BAFTA-winning documentary on the painter, capturing Picasso at work in his Vallauris studio La Garoupe, a 1937 home movie by Man Ray, in black and white and colour, of Picasso and friends holidaying near Antibes Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm

  • The Murderer Lives At 21 [L'ASSASSIN HABITE AU 21](Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) Edition The Murderer Lives At 21 (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) Edition | Blu Ray | (12/06/2017) from £10.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    One of the most revered names in world cinema, Henri - Georges Clouzot, made a remarkably self - assured debut in 1942 with the deliciously droll thriller The Murderer Lives at 21 [ L ' Assassin habite au 21]. A thief and killer stalks the streets of Paris, leaving a calling card from Monsieur Durand at the scene of each crime. But after a cache of these macabre identifications is discovered by a burglar in the boarding house at 21 Avenue Junot, Inspector Wenceslas Vorobechik (Pierre Fresnay) takes lodging at the infamous address in an undercover bid to solve the crime, with help from his struggling - actress girlfriend Mila (Suzy Delair). Featuring audacious directorial touches, brilliant performances, and a daring tone that runs the gamut from light comedy to sinister noir, as well as a subtle portrait of tensions under Nazi occupation, this overlooked gem from the golden age of French cinema is presented in a beautiful new high - definition restoration. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: Gorgeous Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray English subtitles | A fully-illustrated booklet, including the words of Henri-Georges Clouzot and rare imagery An exclusive video interview with French film scholar Ginette Vincendeau about Clouzot and his debut An essay about the film by scholar Judith Mayne An extract about Occupation cinema from scholar Christopher Lloyd's book about Clouzot Newly translated interview extracts about the making of the film by Clouzot A short testimonial by Jean Cocteau

  • Quai Des Orfevres [Blu-ray] [2017] Quai Des Orfevres | Blu Ray | (05/03/2018) from £13.09  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A marriage that has fallen on hard times is further tested by the couple's implication in a murder. Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) is a music hall chanteuse married to her pianist husband Maurice (Bernard Blier). Keen to get ahead, Jenny leaps at the chance when an ageing wealthy businessman (Charles Dullin) offers her the chance of some gigs. However, when she agrees to a meeting at his home and he is found dead later in the evening - Maurice's untamed jealousy is in the frame. A Maigret-esque detective, Antoine, played by Louis Jouvet leaves no stone unturned in his exceedingly private investigations of the down-at-heel showbiz couple's sad, tempestuous life. Features: The Criminal Apogee Of Henri Georges Clouzot

  • Les Diaboliques [1954] Les Diaboliques | DVD | (25/02/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Director Henri-Georges Clouzot cast his own wife Vera as the hapless victim in this acclaimed masterpiece of the macabre. A wife plans the murder of her tyrant husband with the help of his mistress yet when his body dissappears panic and confusion ensues... The Great Suspense Film That Shocked the World... And Became A Classic.

  • Verdi - Messa Da Requiem Verdi - Messa Da Requiem | DVD | (15/08/2005) from £14.08  |  Saving you £1.50 (8.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Acknowledged to be the finest Karajan recording of this overwhelming sacred masterpiece. This 1967 performance features four of the 20th century's greatest Verdi singers - Price Cossotto and Ghiaurov were at the peak of their careers while the young Pavarotti was still comparatively unknown (though not for long).

  • Le Corbeau [DVD] [2017] Le Corbeau | DVD | (05/03/2018) from £12.68  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A veritable masterpiece of French cinema, Henri-Georges Clouzot's (The Wages of Fear, Les Diaboliques) Le Corbeau is a dark and subversive study of human nature starring Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. A wave of hysteria sweeps the small provincial town of St. Robin when a series of poison-pen letters signed Le Corbeau (The Raven) appear, denouncing several prominent members of society. Starting with the village doctor, the slow trickle of sinister letters soon becomes a flood and no one is safe from their mysterious accusations. Condemned by the political left and right and the church upon its release in 1943, Clouzot was banned from filmmaking for two years after making the film. This Classic noir is essential viewing from the director often dubbed the French Hitchcock. Features: The Cursed Masterpiece Of Henri Georges Clouzot

  • Quai Des Orfevres [DVD] [2017] Quai Des Orfevres | DVD | (05/03/2018) from £10.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A marriage that has fallen on hard times is further tested by the couple's implication in a murder. Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) is a music hall chanteuse married to her pianist husband Maurice (Bernard Blier). Keen to get ahead, Jenny leaps at the chance when an ageing wealthy businessman (Charles Dullin) offers her the chance of some gigs. However, when she agrees to a meeting at his home and he is found dead later in the evening - Maurice's untamed jealousy is in the frame. A Maigret-esque detective, Antoine, played by Louis Jouvet leaves no stone unturned in his exceedingly private investigations of the down-at-heel showbiz couple's sad, tempestuous life. Features: The Criminal Apogee Of Henri Georges Clouzot

  • Les Diaboliques [Blu-ray] Les Diaboliques | Blu Ray | (14/07/2014) from £17.35  |  Saving you £2.64 (13.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Les Diaboliques is a classic suspense film that sets the standard rarely reached by contemporary movies. A blueprint for Psycho among others this film has many imitators but few peers.A tyrant schoolteacher - Delasalle (Paul Meurisse) in a seedy boarding school has both his wife (Vera Clouzot) and his mistress (Simone Signoret) looking for a way out as he maltreats them both. They decide to work together to murder their tormentor.The two women drown Delasalle in the bath then dump the body in a swimming pool. When the pool is drained and no body found they start to worry. When his suit is returned cleaned they start to panic.Is he alive? Does someone else know? A spiral of perfectly crafted tension hurtles you to an unparalleled conclusion and an ending you will never forget!Both frightening and intoxicating in equal measures this film stands the test of time and remains a classic.

  • THE MURDERER LIVES AT 21 [L'ASSASSIN HABITE AU 21] (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) THE MURDERER LIVES AT 21 (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (20/05/2013) from £11.45  |  Saving you £8.54 (42.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    One of the most revered names in world cinema, Henri-Georges Clouzot, made a remarkably self-assured debut in 1942 with the deliciously droll thriller The Murderer Lives at 21 [L'Assassin habite au 21]. A thief and killer stalks the streets of Paris, leaving a calling card from Monsieur Durand at the scene of each crime. But after a cache of these macabre identifications is discovered by a burglar in the boarding house at 21 Avenue Junot, Inspector Wenceslas Vorobechik (Pierre Fresnay) takes lodging at the infamous address in an undercover bid to solve the crime, with help from his struggling-actress girlfriend Mila (Suzy Delair). Featuring audacious directorial touches, brilliant performances, and a daring tone that runs the gamut from light comedy to sinister noir, as well as a subtle portrait of tensions under Nazi occupation, this overlooked gem from the golden age of French cinema is presented in a beautiful new high-definition restoration. Special Features: Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray New and improved English subtitles A fully-illustrated booklet, including the words of Henri-Georges Clouzot and rare imagery

  • Quai Des Orfevres [1947] Quai Des Orfevres | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £12.97  |  Saving you £5.02 (27.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Blacklisted for his daring ""anti-French"" masterpiece Le Corbeau Henri-Georges Clouzot returned to cinema four years later with the provocative 1947 crime fiction adaptation Quai des Orfevres. Set within the vibrant dancehalls and historic crime corridors of 1940s Paris ambitious performer Jenny Lamour her covetous piano-playing husband Maurice Martineau and their devoted confidante Dora Monier attempt to cover one another's tracks when a sexually ogreish high-society acquaintance is murdered. Enter Inspector Antoine whose seasoned instincts lead him down a circuitous path in this classic whodunnit murder mystery.

  • Henri-Georges Clouzot Collection Henri-Georges Clouzot Collection | DVD | (25/06/2007) from £20.12  |  Saving you £4.87 (19.50%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Quai Des Orfevres (1947): Blacklisted for his daring ""anti-French"" masterpiece Le Corbeau Henri-Georges Clouzot returned to cinema four years later with the provocative 1947 crime fiction adaptation Quai des Orfevres. Set within the vibrant dancehalls and historic crime corridors of 1940s Paris ambitious performer Jenny Lamour her covetous piano-playing husband Maurice Martineau and their devoted confidante Dora Monier attempt to cover one another's tracks when a sexually ogreish high-society acquaintance is murdered. Enter Inspector Antoine whose seasoned instincts lead him down a circuitous path in this classic whodunnit murder mystery. Le Corbeau (1943): An anonymous series of poison-pen letters spread suspicion and fear amongst the population of a small French town. The author of the letters who signs himself ""The Raven "" has enough defamatory information to provoke tension and suicide... Wages of Fear (1952): The film that continues to serve as the benchmark for Clouzot's magnificent career. The Wages of Fear established the writer-director on a truly international level after carrying off major prizes at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals. Part road movie part suspense thriller the plot is high-tension simplicity itself. In the South American jungle supplies of nitro-glycerine are urgently needed at a remote oil field. The unscrupulous American oil company pays four out-of-work men (Yves Montand Charles Vanel - the creepy cop in Les Diaboliques Folco Lulli and Peter Van Eyck) to deliver the supplies in two sets of drivers: a tension magnified thousand fold by the unforgiving heat the lure of filthy lucre and the rough and rocky roads where the slightest jolt can result in agonising death. Which of the disparate desperate desperadoes will survive the white-knuckle journey and claim the loot and the glory?

  • La Prisonniere [DVD] [2017] La Prisonniere | DVD | (05/03/2018) from £12.68  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Josée is the wife of an artist whose work is exhibited in Stan Hassler's modern art gallery. Stan, impotent and depraved, satisfies himself by photographing women in humiliating poses. Josée is fascinated by the man and soon falls completely in love with him... Features: ELISABETH WIENER REBELLIOUS

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