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...

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 debut), and Maurice Ronet. René Clément (FORBIDDEN GAMES, IS PARIS BURNING?) pulled off this masterpiece and Nino Rota’s soundtrack intensified it. L’Immagine Ritrovata, a laboratory in Bologna, handled the restoration work, and brought back the full splendour that this accomplished film’s images and sound once radiated.

PLEIN SOLEIL will come out again in France at the beginning of the summer, on 11 July 2013, on DVD and Blu-ray, and in collector’s editions, all from STUDIOCANAL, and in cinemas on 10 July 2013 (distributed by Carlotta Films).
STUDIOCANAL wil also release the DVD and Blu-ray this August in Germany and on 9 September in the UK.

PLEIN SOLEIL
A film by René Clément (1960)
Featuring Alain Delon, Marie Laforêt, Maurice Ronet, Erno Crisa, Frank Latimore, Bill Kearns and Elvire Popesco
Synopsis
Mr Greenleaf, an affluent American, commissions Tom Ripley to bring his son Philippe back to San Francisco. Tom weaves his way into Philippe’s life while he is on an extended holiday in Italy, and into his fiancée Marge’s life. A morbid form of camaraderie transpires between the two men. Tom is increasingly in awe of Philippe, and Philippe treats him as a glorified gofer, never missing a chance to remind him of the yawning gap between their social strata. Both men set out to sea together, Tom cold-bloodedly kills Philippe and dumps his body overboard, and then returns to play two roles: his own and his victim’s.

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