BELLE DE JOUR BY LUIS BUÑUEL - 4K RESTORED VERSION (1967)

03/05/2018

In 1967, in her first collaboration with Luis Buñuel, Catherine Deneuve played a troubled and afflicted young woman, living halfway between fantasy and reality, in BELLE DE JOUR. A public success upon its release, the film won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival in 1967.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Luis Buñuel’s masterpiece, STUDIOCANAL, working with...

THE GRADUATE BY MIKE NICHOLS - 4K RESTORED VERSION (1968)

02/22/2018

A true masterpiece enhanced by the classic soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel, THE GRADUATE was a film that encapsulated an entire generation and propelled Dustin Hoffman to fame, winning Mike Nichols the Oscar for Best Director in 1968. Earning $105 million at the US box office, it ranks in 22nd place among the most successful American movies.

Celebrating the film’s 50th birthday in 2017...

KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS BY ROBERT HAMER (1949)

01/06/2015

KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS is a jewel of British black comedy, famous for Alec Guinness's astonishing performance as no fewer than eight different characters.
As a very distant relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne-Chalfont, Louis Mazzini uses a wide variety of inventive methods to successively do away with all those who stand ahead of him in the line of succession, ultimately murdering the Duke...

THE THINGS OF LIFE (LES CHOSES DE LA VIE) BY CLAUDE SAUTET - 1969

10/13/2014

THE THINGS OF LIFE by Claude Sautet, with Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider - 1969 Louis-Delluc Prize

Michel is fatally wounded in a dreadful car accident. He watches his life race by, remembers the people he had loved, and realises that the countless details matter because they add up to the joy of life.
Claude Sautet directed this drama, co-authored the screenplay with Jean-Loup Dabadie...

DAY BREAK (LE JOUR SE LEVE) MAKES THE 2014 CANNES CLASSICS SELECTION

05/06/2014

Marcel Carné had pledged to work with his PORT OF SHADOWS acolytes Jacques Prévert and Jean Gabin once again. Jacques Viot, who lived next-door to Marcel Carné, brought him the screenplay he was missing about a blue-collar worker who commits a love crime and shuts himself away in his room. The director devoured the script, captivated by the eminently modern flashback structure (which incidentally puzzled the first viewers). Prévert wrote the dialogues. Alexandre Trauner, Carné’s appointed set designer and a great friend of Prévert’s, was naturally on-board. So was Curt Courant, a chief cameraman who had worked with Fritz Lang and Max Ophuls before fleeing Nazi Germany to light up Hitchcock’s THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH in 1934 and Renoir’s THE HUMAN BEAST in 1938. His sharply contrasting lighting in DAY BREAK enhanced Carné’s and Prévert’s renowned “poetic realism” with a splendid expressionist note and despair.

The building backdrop – which is very much a character in this film – was placed in exactly the same spot as the HÔTEL DU NORD backdrop. To exacerbate the claustrophobic feeling in the room into which Gabin withdraws, Carné demanded that the backdrop should have four walls, and that the cast and crew should only enter and exit from above.

DAY BREAK exudes tragedy the instant it starts: a man is sentenced to die, on account of his love story-cum-drama as much as social fatality. He is a blue-collar worker standing alone against the world. This atmosphere mirrors the mood in France when World War II was dawning and the Front Populaire’s dream has already perished.
This masterpiece has been restored by STUDIOCANAL to 4K standards. It will be presented next May at the Cannes Film Festival, in the Cannes Classics section.
The film will then be released in cinemas, on Blu-ray and on DVD, in France and abroad, in 2014.

DAY BREAK (LE JOUR SE LEVE - 1939)
A drama by Marcel Carné
Featuring Jean Gabin, Arletty, Jules Berry, Bernard Blier, Jacqueline Laurent
A building in the middle of a working class neighbourhood provides the backdrop. Loud voices and then a gunshot ring out on the top floor. A door opens and a mortally wounded man hurtles down the stairs. His murderer, François barricades himself in his room as policemen start rushing into the building and other tenants start remarking on the event. The police officers climb onto the roof, a crowd gathers, and François, the besieged sandblasting line worker, remembers… his love for Françoise, the pretty florist who had a crush on Valentin, a dashing dog handler.

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