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  • The Longest Day - Single Disc Edition [1962]The Longest Day - Single Disc Edition | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.16   |  Saving you £13.09 (267.14%)   |  RRP £17.99

    On June 6 1944 the Allied Invasion of France marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3 000 000 men 11 000 planes and 4 000 ships comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen. Presented in its original black & white version 'The Longest Day' is a vivid hour-by-hour re-creation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast and told from the perspectives of both sides it is a fascinating look at the massive

  • The Longest Day [1962]The Longest Day | DVD | (31/05/2004) from £10.96   |  Saving you £15.02 (188.46%)   |  RRP £22.99

    The Longest Day is Hollywood's definitive D-day movie. More modern accounts such as Saving Private Ryan are more vividly realistic, but producer Darryl F Zanuck's epic 1962 account is the only one to attempt the daunting task of covering that fateful day from all perspectives. From the German high command and front-line officers to the French Resistance and all the key Allied participants, the screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, based on his own authoritative book, is as factually accurate as possible. The endless parade of stars (John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, and Richard Burton, to name a few) makes for an uneasy mix of verisimilitude and Hollywood star-power, however, and the film falls a little flat for too much of its three-hour running time. But the set-piece battles are still spectacular, and if the landings on Omaha Beach lack the graphic gore of Private Ryan they nonetheless show the sheer scale and audacity of the invasion. --Mark Walker

  • Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence - Double Play (Blu-ray  + DVD)Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (12/09/2011) from £31.03   |  Saving you £8.96 (28.88%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Director actor and screenwriter Jean Renoir is one of the most original filmmakers in the history of French cinema. A true pioneer Renoir always sought to push the boundaries of cinema. He made neo-realist films ten years before Rossellini and experimented with cinma vrit twenty years before Godard. His films have influenced generations of subsequent film makers - including Franois Truffaut Luchino Visconti and Satyajit Ray. Considered one of the first auteurs he is a cinematic master whose unique poetic style combined a vibrant humanism with a passion for beauty and nature. With his trademark use of deep-focus and a moving camera Renoir's work is rich with energy exuberance and the joy of life. This collection brings together an overview of Renoir's work spanning over 25 years including his anti-war masterpiece La Grand Illusion which is often voted one of the greatest films ever made. Funny moving true and still as fresh now as when they were made Jean Renoirs films are essential viewing. La Grande Illusion (1937): During the First World War two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. Le Dejeuner Sur Herbe (1959): Etienne Alexis a candidate for president of the new Europe is a scientist promoting artificial insemination for social betterment and therapy to eliminate passion. Le Caporal Epingle (1957): An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. La Marseillaise (1938): A news-reel like movie about early part of the Frensh Revolution shown from the eyes of individual people. Le Testament Du Docteur Cordelier (1959): A lawyer Joly (Teddy Bilis) is disturbed when his friend the eminent psychiatrist and researcher Dr Cordelier (Jean-Louis Barrault) makes out a Will leaving everything to a mysterious stranger Opale. La Bete Humaine (1938): Severine and her husband Roubaud kill their former employer in a train. Engineer Jacques watches them but doesn't tell the police because he's in love with Severine. But in an epileptic attack he kills her...

  • Les Enfants Du Paradis (2 discs, limited edition packaging) [DVD]Les Enfants Du Paradis (2 discs, limited edition packaging) | DVD | (17/09/2012) from £8.25   |  Saving you £11.74 (142.30%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Voted 'The Best French Film ever made' by the French Film Academy. Les Enfants du Paradis is a film of such dazzling proportions it has been labelled the French Gone With The Wind.Set amidst the glittering theatre world of 19th century Paris, the story revoles around the beautiful and free-spirted courtesan, Garanace, and the four men who compete for her affections; a mime-artist, an actor, an aristocrat and a criminal. As the melodrama unfolds, we are treated to one of cinema's greatest love stories, a captivating tale of passion, deception and murder.

  • Les Enfants Du Paradis [1945]Les Enfants Du Paradis | DVD | (25/09/2000) from £26.98   |  Saving you £-6.99 (-35.00%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A film which regularly charts high in critics' polls of the best films of all time, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert's masterpiece Les Enfants du Paradis is as solid a landmark in French film history as the Eiffel Tower is on the Parisian landscape. And at 187 minutes running time, it's a massy edifice indeed, built from a rambunctious cast of characters--ranging from pickpockets and prostitutes to aristocrats and actors--whose lives intersect around the Theatre des Funambules, a popular Parisian theatre on the Boulevard du Crime, during the 1840s. (The title refers to the poor who can only afford seats in the upper galleries of the theatre.) The heart of the plot is a love story between mime artiste Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault) and streetwalker Garance (the magnificent, sand-paper-voiced Arletty). When Garance is falsely accused of pickpocketing, Baptiste provides a mimed alibi for her to the police (one of the film's most famous set pieces). The rose she later throws him in gratitude sets off a romantic obsession, one of several that structure the film, as do love triangles, duels, and tortured confessions of feeling. Thematically, Les Enfant du Paradis gnaws over typically French cinematic preoccupations: illusion and reality, the nature of performance, the indomitable spirit of the proletariat and so on, all made the more charged and poignant when you know the film was shot during the Nazi occupation. (One actor, Robert Le Vigan, was reportedly a Nazi collaborator and disappeared during the filming under mysterious circumstances and so had to be replaced by Pierre Renoir.) --Leslie Felperin

  • Les Enfants Du Paradis - The Restored Edition (Limited Edition Packaging) [Blu-ray]Les Enfants Du Paradis - The Restored Edition (Limited Edition Packaging) | Blu Ray | (17/09/2012) from £16.49   |  Saving you £6.50 (39.42%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Voted 'The Best French Film ever made' by the French Film Academy. Les Enfants du Paradis is a film of such dazzling proportions it has been labelled the French Gone With The Wind.Set amidst the glittering theatre world of 19th century Paris, the story revoles around the beautiful and free-spirted courtesan, Garanace, and the four men who compete for her affections; a mime-artist, an actor, an aristocrat and a criminal. As the melodrama unfolds, we are treated to one of cinema's greatest love stories, a captivating tale of passion, deception and murder.

  • The Longest Day [1962]The Longest Day | DVD | (04/06/2001) from £9.75   |  Saving you £10.24 (51.20%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The Longest Day, producer Darryl F Zanuck's epic account of June 6, 1944, is Hollywood's definitive D-Day movie. More modern accounts such as Saving Private Ryan and the mini-series Band of Brothers are more vividly realistic, but Zanuck's production is the only one to attempt the daunting task of covering that fateful day from all perspectives. From the German high command and front line officers to the French Resistance and all the key Allied participants, the screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, based on his own authoritative book, is as factually accurate a depiction of events as possible. Zanuck picked three different directors to handle the German, French and Allied sequences respectively and the result should have been a grittily realistic semi-documentary work of unparalleled authenticity. That it is not is due to the unfortunate decision to populate the movie with an apparently endless parade of stars: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery and Kenneth Moore to name a few all pop up from time to time; while Roddy McDowall and Richard Burton, on leave from the set of Cleopatra, also get cameos. The end result is an uneasy mix of verisimilitude and Hollywood star-power. Add to that the need for every character to provide almost endless explanatory exposition and the film falls a little flat for too much of its running time. The set-piece battles are still spectacular, however, and if the landings on Omaha beach lack the graphic gore of Private Ryan they nonetheless show the sheer scale and audacity of the invasion. Despite its top-heavy cast, The Longest Day is still the best D-Day movie ever made.On the DVD: The black and white print is in excellent condition, as is the remixed Dolby 5.0. Made in 1969, the 50-minute supplementary documentary "D-Day Revisited" has producer Zanuck revisiting key locations in Normandy, chatting to the locals in rather stiff French and providing a personal narrative of the events of June 6, 1944 intercut with scenes from his film. The sight of the elderly Zanuck standing on Omaha Beach or beside the headstone of an unknown soldier is easily as poignant as the bookend scenes of Saving Private Ryan, but without the Spielbergian sentiment. --Mark Walker

  • Jean Renoir CollectionJean Renoir Collection | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £40.48   |  Saving you £4.51 (11.14%)   |  RRP £44.99

    La Grande Illusion (1937): During WWI three French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds as Rosenthal son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... One of the very first prison escape movies La Grande Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Le Crime De Monsieur Lange (1936): A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from the police's description. His name is Amedee Lange he murdered Batala in Paris. His lady friend Valentine tells the whole story : Lange was an employee in Batala's little printing works. Batala was a real bastard swindling every one seducing female workers of Valentine's laundry... One day he fled to avoid facing his creditors and the workers set up a cooperative to go on working. But the plot is less important that the description of the atmosphere just before the Popular Front. La Bete Humaine (1940): Severine and her husband Roubaud kill their former employer in a train. Engineer Jacques watches them but doesn't tell the police because he's in love with Severine. But in an epileptic attack he kills her... Boudu Saved From Drowing (1932): Michel Simon stars as Boudu a vagabond who attempts suicide by throwing himself into the Seine grieving over the loss of his dog. But Eduaord Lestingois (Charles Granval) a humane bookseller rescues him and takes him into his home hoping to reform the shaggy bum. Shortly thereafter anarchy reigns as the household is turned upside down by the antics of this large three-year-old. Spitting in first editions using silken sheets to polish his shoes sleeping in the hallway and similar breaches of etiquette do little to endear Boudu to Lestingois. However once Boudu has had a bath and shave in order to please the maid Mrs. Lestingois (Marcelle Hainia) becomes surprisingly responsive to his overtures. The maid (Severine Lerczinska) who is Lestingois's mistress also seems to feel the tramp's mysterious charm. Granval an exemplary bourgeois now has more than one reason to envy the man he saved from drowning.

  • Drole De Drame [DVD]Drole De Drame | DVD | (16/01/2012) from £25.63   |  Saving you £-5.64 (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Dr. Molyneux, the elderly botanist who loves nothing more than his mimosa plants, also secretly authors crime novels under the pen name Felix Chapel -- but only because his wife insists they need the money. As it turns out, Molyneux gets the stories from his adopted daughter Eva, who in turn gets them from the milkman, who's madly in love with her. Everything would be fine if it wasn't for Chapel's relative, the Bishop of Bedford, who is crusading against Chapel's dangerous novels. The Bishop is not quite wrong because a man known as the Butcher Killer blames Chapel for his own crimes. When the bishop invites himself for dinner at Molyneux's house, hilarity ensues.

  • The Longest Day (Classic Collection Box Set) [1962]The Longest Day (Classic Collection Box Set) | DVD | (31/05/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    On June 6 1944 the Allied Invasion of France marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3 000 000 men 11 000 planes and 4 000 ships comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen. The Longest Day is a vivid hour-by-hour re-creation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast and told from the perspectives of both sides it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations mistakes and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history. Winner of two Oscars (Special Effects and Cinematography) The Longest Day ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films.

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