THE SEVENTH SEAL

04/15/2014

The Black Death is ravaging Europe when disillusioned knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) returns from the Crusades, encounters Death (Bengt Ekerot) and asks him for one last chance, challenging him to a game of chess for the sole purpose of pre-empting his demise.

THE SEVENTH SEAL, a mystical epic by Ingmar Bergman, won the Jury’s Special Prize at the Cannes Cinema Festival in 1957 and...

JACQUES TATI’S COMPLETE WORKS, FULLY RESTORED AND IN HIGH-DEFINITION, AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER STARTING 18 FEBRUARY

02/18/2014

When you ask directors around the world to name one French filmmaker who has changed their perspective on their art and the world, they all – or almost – smile and mention Jacques Tati. In France, almost 20 million people have watched his films in cinemas, making him one of the most popular creators in film-making history. His one-of-a-kind creative flair, unparalleled insights into post-WWII...

THE HUMAN BEAST (LA BETE HUMAINE)

12/20/2013

To adapt Emile Zola’s LA BÊTE HUMAINE, Jean Renoir sought out Jean Gabin, who he had worked with on GRAND ILLUSION (in all, they worked on four films together). The turbulent drama deals with madness, murder and passion at the pace of the Lison, a locomotive treated as a character in its own right and which symbolises a changing world. Seventy-five years after its release, STUDIOCANAL decided to restore the film and entrusted the work to the L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna, Italy. The masterpiece was presented in its digital version at the Venice Classics Film Festival in September 2013. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 3, at the same time as its theatrical rerelease.

THE HUMAN BEAST (LA BETE HUMAINE)
Directed by Jean Renoir (1938)
Starring Jean Gabin and Simone Simon
Jacques Lantier is a train engineer on a locomotive that he adores as though it were a living being and has given the name La Lison. He falls madly in love with Séverine, the wife of Roubaud, the deputy stationmaster at LeHavre. Lantier, who is subject to fits of homicidal mania, refuses to kill Roubaud, as Séverine asks him to do. Instead, he kills her in a moment of madness. Out of his mind with grief and regret, he throws himself on the track from his moving train.

THE KING AND THE MOCKING BIRD (LE ROI ET L’OISEAU)

10/08/2013

Paul Grimault’s direction and Jacques Prévert’s poetic dialogue made this film a world-class masterpiece of animation, the influence of which has extended as far as Japan’s Ghibli studios. STUDIOCANAL is ensuring the tradition continues by restoring the film and also making sure it is viewed. Following its summer theatrical release (via Sophie Dulac Distribution), the studio is now...

PLEIN SOLEIL

06/14/2013

First released in 1960, René Clément’s masterpiece PLEIN SOLEIL, has been restored in 4K digital resolution. PLEIN SOLEIL is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s well-known novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, revolves around beguiling and inveigling, and stars three superlative actors: the youthful Alain Delon (this film propelled his career into orbit), Marie Laforêt (it was her cinema...

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