The Jacques Rivette Collection brings together some of the director’s hardest to see works, each restored, newly translated and debuting on home video for the first time in UK. Out 1 is one of the crowning achievements of Rivette’s remarkable career. Conceived as a television mini-series, this near-thirteen-hour monolith consists of eight feature-length episodes revolving around two theatre troupes, blackmail and conspiracy. Multiple characters introduce multiple plotlines, weaving a rich tapestry across an epic runtime. Originally screened just the once in its full-length version in 1971, Out 1 was then re-conceived by Rivette as a four-and-a-half-hour feature. Making use of alternative and unseen footage, the director renamed this version Out 1: Spectre as an acknowledgement of its shadow-like nature. Both are presented in this boxed-set, fully restored and with newly-translated English subtitles. Complementing Out 1 are two ‘parallel films’, Duelle (une quarantaine) and Noroît. The former sees Rivette head into fantasy territory: the Queen of the Sun (Bulle Ogier) and the Queen of the Night (Juliet Berto) search for a magical diamond in present-day Paris. The latter is a loose adaptation of The Revenger’s Tragedy and a pirate tale, starring Geraldine Chaplin (Nashville, Cría cuervos). Also included is Merry-Go-Round, in which Joe Dallesandro (Flesh for Frankenstein) and Maria Schneider (The Passenger, Last Tango in Paris) are summoned to Paris, kickstarting the most surreal of all Rivette’s mysteries. Limited Edition Contents: Limited Edition Collection - 3,000 Copies High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all films from brand new 2K restorations of the films with Out 1 supervised by cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays) Optional newly-translated English subtitles for all films The Mysteries of Paris: Jacque Rivette’s Out 1 Revisited – a brand-new feature length documentary by Robert Fischer and Wilfred Reichart containing interviews with actors Bulle Ogier, Michael Lonsdale and Hermine Karagheuz, cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn, assistant director Jean-François Stévenin and producer Stéphane Tchalgadjieff, as well as rare archival interviews with actors Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Michel Delahaye, and director Jacques Rivette Scenes from a Parallel Life: Jacques Rivette Remembers – archive interview with the director, in which he discusses Duelle (une quarantaine), Noroît and Merry-Go-Round, featuring additional statements from Bulle Ogier and Hermine Karagheuz Brand-new interview with critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who reported from the sets of both Duelle (une quarantaine) and Noroît Exclusive perfect-bound book containing new writing on the films by Mary M. Wiles, Brad Stevens, Ginette Vincendeau and Nick Pinkerton
In Jacques Rivette's surreal and fascinating masterpiece eccentric magician Celine (Juliet Berto) meets curious librarian Julie (Dominique Labourier). Their friendship soon sends them down a fantastical rabbit hole and into an apparently haunted house. With the aid of magical candy, they return time and again to the mansion to spy on and eventually play parts in a gothic murder mystery. A playful investigation of the boundary between life and art, and illusion and reality. Celine and Julie Go Boating was co-written by Eduardo de Gregorio and the film's actresses (including Bulle Ogier and Marie-France Pisier). It was influenced by Lewis Carrol, Henry James and Proust, and in turn influenced the likes of David Lynch and Susan Seidelman. It remains Rivette's most enduring, self-reflective and popular film. Extras: Presented in High Definition Jonathan Romney on Rivette (2006, 19 mins) Tout la mÃ©moire du monde (Alain Resnais, 1956, 21 mins) The Haunted Curiosity Shop (R W Paul, 1901, 2 mins) Illustrated booklet featuring an essay by Susan Seidelman, and full film credits
Born in Spain, Luis Bunuel is widely credited as the founder of surrealist cinema. This essential collection includes some of his best known work: Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), Belle de Jour (1967), Tristana (1970), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) - as well as equally brilliant but lesser-known films such as The Phantom of Liberty (1974) and The Milky Way (1969). Although he drew memorable performances from iconic actresses of the period such as Catherine Deneuve and Jeanne Moreau, Bunuel generally worked with a favourite group of actors including Michel Piccoli, Pierre ClÃ©menti, Muni and his faithful alter ego Fernando Rey. Enter the surreal world of Bunuel, where an entire dinner party suddenly finds themselves inexplicably unable to leave the room and where the devil, if unable to tempt a saint with a pretty girl, will fly him to a disco. 7 Disc Set That Obscure Object of Desire New Jean-Claude Carriere interview New Aesthetics of the Irrational: ICA Q&A with Jean-Claude Carriere and Diego Bunuel hosted by Tim Robey Interview with Carlos Saura The arbitrariness of desire by Jean-Claude Carriere Lady Doubles - interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina Portrait of an impatient filmmaker, Luis Bunuel - Interview with Pierre Lady and Edmond Richard Belle De Jour - New 50th Anniversary Restoration New Jean-Claude Carriere interview New Masterclass with Diego Bunuel and Jean-Claude Carriere (1 hour+) New Trailer Commentary by professor Peter W. Evans The Last Script (1:34:33) A Story of Perversion or Emancipation? - Interview with Dr Sylvain Mimoun (29:39 in PAL) Diary of a Chambermaid An Angel in the Marshes doc (26 minutes) Phantom of Liberty New Jean-Claude Carriere interview New Critical Analysis by professor Peter W. Evans New Bunuel, la transgression des reves -A new documentary by Pierre-Henri Gibert Photo Gallery The Milky Way New Jean-Claude Carriere interview New Critical Analysis by professor Peter W. Evans Bunuel, athiest thanks to God doc (32 minutes) Trailer Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie New Jean-Claude Carriere interview A Walk Amongst the Shadows doc (28 minutes) Critical analysis by professor Peter W.Evans Trailer Tristana New Interview with Franco Nero Rituals documentary doc (20 minutes) Trailer
World premiere on Blu-ray (as part of this BFI Dual Format Edition), this controversial film from director Barbet Schroeder (Barfly, Single White Female, The Valley) is both a conventional love story and a dark study of fetishism. Starring Gerard Depardieu as Olivier, the young innocent who falls for the mysterious maitresse Ariane (Bulle Ogier), a leather clad dominatrix. Based on an encounter with a real-life dominatrix, this story of a Paris prostitute specialising in bondage and sado-masochism was refused a certificate by the BBFC on its original release. The film features graphic scenes of torture and fetishism which the Board described as 'miles in excess of anything we have ever passed in this field in 1976.' Only released at the time in a handful of club cinemas in 1981, the film was cut by almost five minutes and finally awarded an X certificate. This fully uncut version was first passed in 2003 and is presented in new High Definition transfer for the very first time.
A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives pre-empted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.
See How They Fall
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.
A group of dropouts and dreamers search for New Guinea's uncharted Valley of the Gods resulting in an odyssey of sexual and spiritual discovery. Barbet Schroeders beautiful second feature The Valley probes the limits of experience and freedom journeying into the unknown to the sounds of Pink Floyds especially composed soundtrack Obscured by Clouds. Aided by Nester Almendros striking photography and the tribes people of the Mapuga who allowed westerners to participate in and film their rites for the first time the film is an authentic tribute to a liberating sense of adventure.
Anna Joyce Claude and Lucia are all students under the tutelage of Constance Dumas a renowned film instructor. Lucia movies in with the other girls in a small house outside of Paris. Soon after Lucia is attacked on the street outside her home and saved by a mysterious stranger. Then she discovers that the stranger is involved with all the girls and is hiding a dark secret inside the house.
Welcome to the Venus Beauty Institute where love innocence and sex are a sight to behold. Madam Nadine manages with pride the ""Vnus beaut"" Salon which offers relaxation massage and make-up services. The owner and her three beauticians: Samantha Marianne and Angle are pros. Contrary to her friend Marianne who still dreams of the big day Angle no longer believes in love. Marie the youngest of the three employees discovers love in the hands of a sixty year-old former pilot who risks everything...
The 'lost cult classic' French new wave film about feminism art music and post-68 revolutionary ideals.
Originally rejected outright by the BBFC in 1976 and then released with nearly 5 minutes of cuts in 1981 Maitresse is now finally released uncut on DVD. Bulle Ogier plays a professional dominatrix who indulges in a conventional romance with Gerard Depardieu on the ground floor but satisfies more demanding clients in her 'dungeon'. Director Barbet Schroeder apparently cast genuine masochists in this wickedly funny fable on the foibles of sex and love...
Jacques Rivette's masterful film Don't Touch The Axe tells the tale of an ill-fated love affair between a Parisian socialite and a Napoleonic war hero. Their story unfolds amidst the extravagant balls of restoration-era Paris where the handsome General Armand de Montriveau (Guillaume Depardieu) encounters the beautiful coquettish but married Antoinette de Langeais (Jeanne Balibar). Vowing that she will be his lover Montriveau pursues the alluring Antoinette who in turn orchestrates a calculating game of seduction but repeatedly rebuffs his advances. Humiliated Montriveau seeks revenge just as Antoinette's passion for him awakens and a perverse romantic power struggle ensues. Once again adapting Balzac - the source of his acclaimed La Belle Noiseuse - Rivette's subtle and superbly acted drama is a riveting exploration of the intricacies of love and desire.
The culmination of New Wave master Jacques Rivette's legendary middle period (which ranged from L'Amour fou through Out 1 Céline and Julie Go Boating Duelle Noroît and Merry-Go-Round) Le Pont du Nord envisions Paris as a sprawling game-board marked off with tucked-away conspiracies where imagination and paranoia intermingle; where the hinted-at stakes are sanity life and death. Regular Rivette actress Bulle Ogier stars as Marie a claustrophobic ex-con who shortly after wandering into Paris encounters the wild and potentially troubled young woman Baptiste (Pascale Ogier Bulle's actual 22-year-old daughter). Baptiste a knife-wielding self-proclaimed kung-fu expert with a drive to slash the eyes from faces in adverts (including in one instance those on a placard for Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha) accompanies Marie on her quest to solve the mystery behind the contents of her former lover's (Pierre Clémenti's) suitcase: an amalgam of clippings patterns and maps of Paris that points to a vastly unsettling labyrinth replete with signs and intimations whose menacing endgame remains all too unclear. Gorgeously shot by the master cinematographer William Lubtchansky Le Pont du Nord is a freehweeling powerful experience whose hypnotic rhythm and ominous undercurrents resolve into a frightening and exhilarating portrait of post-revolutionary early-'80s Paris – and in turn form a prime example of Rivette's uncanny occult cinema. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Jacques Rivette's rare and essential feature Le Pont du Nord on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time anywhere in the world. Special Features: Gorgeous new 1080p presentation (on the Blu-ray) of the film in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio Optional English subtitles A lengthy booklet with writing about the film by Arthur Mas Andy Rector Serge Daney and Caroline Champetier; writing from the original press-book by Jacques Rivette and Jean Narboni; rare archival imagery; and more
The culmination of New Wave master Jacques Rivette's legendary middle period (which ranged from L'Amour fou through Out 1 Céline and Julie Go Boating Duelle Noroît and Merry-Go-Round) Le Pont du Nord envisions Paris as a sprawling game-board marked off with tucked-away conspiracies where imagination and paranoia intermingle; where the hinted-at stakes are sanity life and death. Regular Rivette actress Bulle Ogier stars as Marie a claustrophobic ex-con who shortly after wandering into Paris encounters the wild and potentially troubled young woman Baptiste (Pascale Ogier Bulle's actual 22-year-old daughter). Baptiste a knife-wielding self-proclaimed kung-fu expert with a drive to slash the eyes from faces in adverts (including in one instance those on a placard for Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha) accompanies Marie on her quest to solve the mystery behind the contents of her former lover's (Pierre Clémenti's) suitcase: an amalgam of clippings patterns and maps of Paris that points to a vastly unsettling labyrinth replete with signs and intimations whose menacing endgame remains all too unclear. Gorgeously shot by the master cinematographer William Lubtchansky Le Pont du Nord is a freehweeling powerful experience whose hypnotic rhythm and ominous undercurrents resolve into a frightening and exhilarating portrait of post-revolutionary early-'80s Paris – and in turn form a prime example of Rivette's uncanny occult cinema. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Jacques Rivette's rare and essential feature Le Pont du Nord on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time anywhere in the world.
A triple bill of classic Luis Bunuel films, comprising 'That Obscure Object Of Desire', 'Phantom Of Liberty' and 'The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie'. That Obscure Object Of Desire: A passenger on a train pours a bucket of water over a young girl at the platform. Seemingly a random act, the man recounts in flashback how he came to be so obsessed with the girl... Phantom Of Liberty: Perhaps Bunuel's most surreal film, consisting of a series of loosely realted vignettes. <...
Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliviera pays homage to Luis Bunuel's masterful exercise in surreal eroticism Belle de Jour with this latter-day sequel. 40 years on whilst attending a concert Henri Husson is startled to see Severine and follows her begging for a chance to have dinner. While she's reluctant to acknowledge him he eventually wears her down with the promise of revealing an old secret. Meeting at dinner Severine expects Henri to disclose the revelation: what he told her husband 40 years ago while he was paralysed from a gunshot wound inflicted by a lover. While Henri knew Severine's secret he never told her if he did (or did not) reveal her secret life to her wheelchair-bound husband and she's long wondered if he ever betrayed her confidences. However motivated by revenge he refuses to disclose the secret and leaves her in despair having satisfied his sadism and avenged his ego.
Thomas Beaumont is recruited into an illicit love triangle to watch a much older man's sexual liaison but ends up witnessing what turns out to be his murder. The next day Thomas' opera diva mother informs him that his long lost father has been in Paris - until the previous night when he was murdered. Realizing it was the murder he witnessed Thomas is now thrust into a maelstrom of off-the-wall encounters and mistaken identities including an eccentric actress who has come totally un
Belle De Jour : Undoubtedly Luis Bunuel's most accessible film Belle de Jour is an elegant and erotic masterpiece that maintains as hypnotic a grip on modern audiences as it did on its debut 30 years ago. Screen icon Catherine Deneuve (Repulsion) plays Severine the glacially beautiful sexually unfulfilled wife of a surgeon whose blood runs icy with ennui until she takes a day-job in a brothel. There she meets a charismatic but sinister young gangster (Pierre Cl''menti) and ignites an obsession that will court peril. In Belle Toujours his homage to Luis Bunuel and Jean-Claude Carriere Manoel De Oliveira reunites the leading characters from Bunuel's erotic masterpiece the 1967 classic Belle De Jour. French cinema icon Michel Piccoli returns as Henri Husson - older and wiser but still every bit the sadist libertine who in the original both lusted after and callously taunted Catherine Deneuve's Severine to the very end. What exactly did Husson whisper into the ear of her paraplegic husband? Did he reveal Severine's double life as a high class prostitute? In Belle Toujours Severine is played by Bulle Ogier whom Piccoli's Husson first spots sitting a few rows away from him at a concert in Paris. A cat and mouse game ensures until Husson manages to gain her attention with the intention of revealing the secret that he alone can unfold. After years of lingering torment Severine is finally offered a chance to uncover the truth. As elegant as Severine as playful as Husson Belle Toujours is a lovely meditation about memory the persistence of desire lost opportunities and the power of stories.
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