April 25, 2017
Walerian Borowczyk's Blanche (1972)
from Olive FilmsSet in medieval France, an elderly noble baron (Michel Simon, L'Atalante) and his much younger bride, the beautiful Blanche (Ligia Branice, Goto, Isle of Love) welcome a visiting King (George Wilson, Les destinées) and his handsome page, Bartolomeo (Jacques Perrin, Cinema Paradiso) to their castle, and sets in motion accusations of disloyalty and marital infidelity, turning what should be a fairytale into a nightmare.
Walerian Borowczyk's Goto, Isle of Love (1969)
from Olive FilmsGoto, Isle of Love is a tale of infidelity, revenge, and repressed love, both chaste and illicit, starring Pierre Brasseur (Port of Shadows) as Goto III, an unstable and jealous dictator married to the beautiful Glossia (Ligia Branice, Blanche). Unbeknownst to Goto III, Glossia is carrying on an affair with one of his guards, the handsome Lieutenant Gono (Jean-Pierre Andreani, The Story of O). Also lusting after the dictator's wife is Grozo (Guy Saint-Jean, The Killing Game), a petty thief who, by winning the confidence of Goto III, plans to win Glossia for himself. Simmering passions will boil over on the isle, leading to a surprising denouement.
Walerian Borowczyk's Theatre of Mr. & Mrs. Kabal (1967)
from Olive FilmsA glimpse inside the weird and wonderful world of the theatrical Kabals. The henpecked Mr. Kabal, prone to ogling young females through his binoculars, is never quite beyond the reach of the statuesque and domineering Mrs. Kabal who flutters about (quite literally when butterflies appear inside of her stomach) in a connubial reign of terror. Although it may not always be le beau mariage, Mr. and Mrs. Kabal are nonetheless made for each other. The years-in-the-making feature length animated film from the controversial director of Goto, Isle of Love and Immoral Tales, featuring the voice talents of Pierre Collet (Greed in the Sun) and Louisette Rousseau (War of the Buttons), is akin to other Borowczyk animated works such as The Astronauts, Renaissance and The Games of Angels.Walerian Borowczyk - Short Films Collection (1959-1984)
from Olive Films
-The Concert (1962) aka Le Concert de M. et Mme. Kabal
-The Astronauts (1959) aka Les Astronautes
-Angels' Games (1964) aka Les Jeux des Anges
-Joachim's Dictionary (1965) aka Le Dictionnaire de Joachim
-The Greatest Love of All Time (1978) aka L'Amour Monstre de tous les temps
-Grandma's Encyclopedia (1963) aka L'encyclopedie de Grand-Maman
-Venus on the Half-Shell (1975) aka Escargot de Venus
-The Phonograph (1969) aka Le Phonograph
-Scherzo Infernal (1984)
-A Private Collection Uncensored aka Une Collection Particulière – Uncensored (1973)
-A Private Collection Short Version aka Une Collection Particulière – Short Version (1973)
Claude Chabrol's Ophelia (1962)
from Olive FilmsClaude Chabrol directs the inspired-by-Shakespeare cinematic gem Ophélia, starring Alida Valli. Ivan, a high-strung and intense young man of means, suspecting that his mother, Claudia, and Uncle Adrian are responsible for the death of his father, sets out to reveal their foul deed. Imagining himself a modern day Hamlet, Ivan goes about wooing Lucy, the beautiful daughter of his parents' groundskeeper, convincing her to become the de facto Ophelia of the piece. Concocting a clever ruse to unmask the accused, Ivan's fever dream of revenge takes an unexpected turn in Ophélia, Claude Chabrol's witty and darkly comic reinterpretation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Hamlet. June 26, 2017
Ewald André Dupont's Moulin Rouge (1928)
on blu-ray from Network (UK), from a new restorationOne of the most lavish British films of the silent era in both budget and scope, Moulin Rouge stars Jean Bradin, Eve Gray and Russian-German screen sensation Olga Tschechowa in the story of a young aristocrat driven to a suicide attempt after falling in love with a young dancer and her elegant, ravishingly beautiful mother. Set in and around the famous dance-halls of Paris, Moulin Rouge showcased British International Pictures' engagement of leading Continental film-makers during the late 1920s. The first British film directed by expressionist pioneer Ewald Andre Dupont, it also features Werner Brandes' stylish, distinctively European cinematography and art direction by Oscar winner Alfred Junge. Filmed at Elstree through the winter of 1927, the film was originally trade shown in March 1928 as a silent film with live musical accompaniment. It was re-released in 1929 with a recorded, synchronised score by John Reynders.