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Reply #855 on: May 07, 2019, 06:32:33 PM
2019 TBD

Nina Menkes' Queen of Diamonds (1991) on blu-ray from Arbelos, from a 4K remaster

Anna Biller interviewed Menkes recently for the Talkhouse. There's also an extended interview with Menkes over at Film Comment.

Menkes' Queen of Diamonds (Sundance '91) is the second title in a quartet of films (alongside The Great Sadness of Zohara (1983), Magdalena Viraga (1986), and The Bloody Child (1996)), that Menkes produced, wrote, directed, and shot, all of which star her sister, Tinka Menkes.

Queen of Diamonds follows the alienated life of Firdaus (Tinka Menkes), a Blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas landscape juxtaposed between glittering casino lights and the deteriorating desert oasis. Negotiating a missing husband and neighboring domestic violence, Firdaus' world unfolds as a fragmented but hypnotic interplay between repetition and repressed anger. Shot with a beautiful compositional rigor echoing Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman,Queen of Diamonds is a remarkable and demanding masterpiece of American independent filmmaking. Heralded as one of the most challenging and subversive filmmakers working today, the re-release of Queen of Diamonds marks the start of a new critical recognition for Menkes' groundbreaking body of work.

New restoration by The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. The film will be co-presented with Eos World Fund. Arbelos will release the film theatrically in spring of 2019, with VOD and Blu-ray to follow.

August 27, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) on 4K Blu-ray, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative for the very first time.

Will include the recent Tribeca Q&A between Coppola and Steven Soderbergh.

In Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard takes a perilous and increasingly hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz, a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. In the company of a Navy patrol boat filled with street-smart kids, a surfing-obsessed Air Cavalry officer, and a crazed freelance photographer, Willard travels further and further into the heart of darkness.

July 30, 2019

Fridrikh Ermler's Fragments of an Empire (1929) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley

"If influence is the criterion for determining the significance of a film director," writes Russian film scholar Denise J. Youngblood, "then Fridrikh Ermler is perhaps the most important director in Soviet film history." Why he does not join the ranks of Eisenstein, Kuleshov, and Vertov as one of the great masters of Soviet filmmaking is unknown. Yet his legacy as an intricate craftsman of deceptively simple stories layered with psychological depth and technical proficiency lives on in his work.

Fragment of an Empire was Ermler's last silent feature and last of four productively contentious collaborations with the method actor Fiodor Nikitin. To prepare for his part as Filimonov - a soldier suffering from total amnesia due to shell shock from the Great War - Nikitin apparently disguised himself as a doctor's assistant in the Forel Psychiatric Clinic, where he studied actual amnesia patients. Ermler, meanwhile, may have drew upon his own first-hand knowledge of war as a former spy of the tsarist army to create a profoundly realistic and moving portrait of man whose memories begin to awaken in concert with the radical transformation of the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917.

September 17, 2019

Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty (2006) on blu-ray from MVD Visual

Based on the true story of Jack DiNorscio, a mobster who defended himself in court for what would be the longest mafia trial in U.S. history.

July 22, 2019

Bloody Terror - The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren (1976-1987) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

One of British genre cinema’s most important and distinctive independent filmmakers, Norman J Warren made a series of horror films which were at the forefront of a new wave in British horror during the 1970s. Reflecting a period of permissiveness and fearlessness, Warren’s distinctive stylings are far removed from the Gothic conventions of Hammer Films, deliberately upped the ante in terms of sex, violence and gore to create a new breed of horror that was designed to shock for shock’s sake.

Five of Norman J Warren’s horrifying chillers are presented here in new restorations and on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations by contemporary British filmmakers, new cast and crew interviews, audio commentaries on all five films, rare short films, outtakes and alternative scenes, and making-of documentaries – this stunning Limited Edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

June 18, 2019

H. Bruce Humberstone's Pin Up Girl (1944) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

Beautiful U.S.O. singer and compulsive liar Lorry Jones (Betty Grable) and her best friend leave Montana for war jobs in Washington, D.C. Stopping in New York City along the way, Lorry spins a web of lies, turning herself into a Broadway star to gain the company of handsome war hero Tommy Dooley (John Harvey). Jealous club singer Molly McKay (Martha Raye) suspects Lorry's claims are false and hopes to expose her. The situation worsens when Tommy ends up in Washington at Lorry's new office.

August 27, 2019

Philippe Mora's documentary Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (1975) on blu-ray from VCI

Brother Can You Spare a Dime? is the chronicle of an unforgettable piece of American history - twelve crazy, painful seesaw years, from the Wall Street crash to Pearl Harbor.

By juxtaposing contemporary news and documentary footage with extracts from Hollywood classics such as Golddiggers, Lady Killer and Wild Boys of the Road, director Philippe Mora offers us an immediate, intricate and evocative scrapbook of the 1930's. Somehow there are uncanny echoes of some of our current preoccupations: strikers at Ford's, mass unemployment, breadlines, vigilante gangs and failing fortunes...

Two heroes emerge: James Cagney, the rough diamond, hood-with-a-heart-of-gold star of the Movies, the little man who won't be beaten, and Franklin D. Roosevelt himself: tough yet benign, stepping into the breach with confidence and determination, yet imperceptibly crumpling under the weight of responsibility as he leads America through her most difficult years until the final humiliation of Pearl Harbor.

Songs and images stick in the mind: fortunes dwindle, the small man's savings disappear, even the banks go bust; men lose their jobs and join the breadlines to the haunting title song of Brother, can you spare a dime?; hobos and okies take to the road while Bessie Smith sings Nobody loves you when you're down and out; a ragged child huddles against the bleak landscape as Woody Guthrie sings the Dust Bowl Blues; an abandoned cat shivers on the ledge of a flooded home... Only Hollywood offers an escape from reality for these are the Golden Years of Bogart, Cooper and Dietrich. We glimpse Gable and Vivien Leigh at the screen test of Gone with the Wind; George Raft dances a languorous tango with Carole Lombard; Shirley Temple dimples and Chaplin jokes while Busby Berkeley fills the screen with his lavish extravaganzas...and the marathon dancers stumble on... As Ginger Rogers says: It's the depression, dearie...

July 2, 2019

Jean-Pierre Melville's Bob le flambeur (1956) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

In Paris, Bob Montagne (Roger Duchesne) is practically synonymous with gambling -- and winning. He is kind, classy and well-liked by virtually everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru (Guy Decomble). However, when Bob's luck turns sour, he begins to lose friends and makes the most desperate gamble of his life: to rob the Deauville casino during Grand Prix weekend, when the vaults are full. Unfortunately, Bob soon learns that the game is rigged and the cops are on to him.

July 2, 2019

Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Doulos (1962) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

Burglar Maurice Faugel (Serge Reggiani) has just finished his prison sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre (René Lefèvre), a receiver, and steals the loot from another robbery. As Maurice prepares for another burglary, his friend Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) brings him all the necessary equipment. But Maurice doesn't know that Silien is a police informant.

July 2, 2019

Jean-Pierre Melville's Leon Morin, Priest (1961) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

As the Germans take over France during World War II, widowed mother Barny becomes increasingly anxious about her half-Jewish daughter. She decides to hide the girl on a nearby farm and have her baptized as a cover. The ceremony reminds Barny of the absurdity of religion, and inspires her to pick a fight with parish priest Léon. She's surprised to learn that he shares a great many of her views, and the two begin a chaste yet deep relationship.

July 2, 2019

Georges Lautner's Le Professionnel (1981) on blu-ray from Kino

French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit.

July 2, 2019

Jacques Deray's The Outsider aka Le Marginal (1983) on blu-ray from Kino

The story is about Commissioner Jordan who arrives in Marseille to combat drug trafficking activities in his own unique way.

July 9, 2019

Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A US secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

July 23, 2019

Luis Bunuel's Death in the Garden (1956) on blu-ray from Kino

Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives—a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), a local hooker (Simone Signoret), a priest (Michel Piccoli), an aging diamond miner (Charles Vanel), and the miner's deaf-mute daughter (Michèle Girardon)—are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted, and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another. Shot in vibrant Eastmancolor and featuring a star-studded cast, Death in the Garden is an adventure film with Surrealist gestures and symbolism.

July 23, 2019

Luis Bunuel's The Milky Way (1969) on blu-ray from Kino

Jean (Laurent Terzieff) and Pierre (Paul Frankeur) are drifters who travel from Paris to Spain on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route. On the journey, the two men encounter many strangers who debate aspects of Catholic faith as well as heresies that have been rejected by the religion. Their trek defies time as they meet historical figures such as Jesus and the Marquis de Sade. At the end of their trip, Jean and Pierre are left with more questions than answers.

July 23, 2019

Mitchell Leisen's Death Takes a Holiday (1934) on blu-ray from Kino

Death (Fredric March) is unable to relate to humans, so he takes the form of Prince Sirki, and tries life as a person. Many women are instantly attracted to Prince Sirki, but once they really get to know him, they become frightened. It isn't until he meets the beautiful Grazia (Evelyn Venable) that Death finally learns what it is to love. But when Grazia's father (Guy Standing) learns of Prince Sirki's real identity, he tries to break up the relationship.

July 23, 2019

Mitchell Leisen's Easy Living (1937) on blu-ray from Kino

Jean Arthur and Ray Milland shine in this screwball comedy written by Academy Award winner Preston Sturges. Mary Smith (Arthur) is a poor working girl who literally has a fortune dropped in her lap when a wealthy financier (Edward Arnold) tosses a sable coat out a window and it lands on her. Everyone automatically assumes she's his mistress, and soon her fairytale-like rags-to-riches lifestyle threatens a very real romance with an inept writer (Milland). It's a "delightful comedy" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide) full of misunderstandings that showcases high-society slapstick at its best!

July 23, 2019

Kathryn Bigelow & Monty Montgomery's The Loveless (1982) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 2K restoration of the original camera negative

Raw, angry and honest, The Loveless evokes, with unflinching clarity, both an attitude and a bygone era, exploring the tensions between two very different Americas.

June 6, 2019

Roman Polanski's Death and the Maiden (1994) on blu-ray from Arthaus (Germany)

A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.

September 2019 TBD

Noir Archive Volume 3: (1956-1960) on blu-ray from Kit Parker Films

-The Crimson Kimono
-The Lineup
-The Shadow in the Window
-The Long Haul
-Pickup Alley
-The Tijuana Story
-She Played with Fire
-The Case Against
-Brooklyn, Man on a String

July 15, 2019

Hal Ashby's Coming Home (1978) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

A woman, whose husband is fighting in Vietnam, falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

July 22, 2019

Robert Altman's Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. Who is the mysterious Joanne and what's the real story behind Mona's son, James Dean Junior ?

July 22, 2019

Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK)

In the early 1900s, the Nolans, a poor Brooklyn tenement family, strive not only to survive, but also to improve their existence. The studious Francie worships her father, waiter and aspiring singer Johnny, despite his alcoholism and pie-in-the-sky pipe dreams. With her stony resolve, mother Katie holds the family together, including a flirtatious and impetuous aunt.


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Reply #857 on: May 30, 2019, 07:51:25 PM
October 1, 2019

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) on 4K blu-ray from Warner Bros., from a 4K scan of the original camera negative

A caretaker of an isolated resort, has a complete mental breakdown, terrorizing his young son and wife.

June 24, 2019

Robert Downey Sr.'s Putney Swope (1969) on blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, from a 4K restoration

Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight regime of monied white ad men with his militant brothers. Soon afterwards, however, the power that comes with its position takes its toll on Putney...

June 25, 2019

George Cukor's Gaslight (1944) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K restoration

Lights flicker and dim. Footsteps sound from a sealed-off attic. Mysterious events only vulnerable young Paula sees and hears make her fear she's losing her mind — exactly what treacherous spouse Gregory hopes. Directed by George Cukor, Gaslight shines as a superb exercise in suspense. Ingrid Bergman won her first Academy Award® as Paula, doubting her sanity while clinging to it. Fellow Oscar nominee Charles Boyer skillfully plays against type as smoothly evil Gregory. Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty and an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her movie debut (also capturing an Oscar nomination) help make the Victorian era vividly realized through production design that earned an Academy Award

July 22, 2019

Alan Parker's Birdy (1984) on blu-ray from Sony. Also forthcoming from Indicator (UK)

Birdy (Matthew Modine) returns from the Vietnam War scarred from the horrific experiences of battle. He is so damaged by what he saw that he has shut himself off from reality completely, imaging that he is actually a bird. Birdy is confined to a mental hospital, where the doctors are at a loss as to how to treat him. In an attempt to help, Al (Nicolas Cage), his best friend from high school -- and who was also in Vietnam -- visits him every day to try and get through to him.

June 1, 2019

Konstantin Ershov and Georgiy Kropachyov's Viy - Spirit of Evil (1967) on limited edition blu-ray from Severin. Standard edition to be released later this year.

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a notorious witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with a corpse, with only his faith to protect him. *Viy was the first horror fantasy film to be made in the former Soviet Union.

Summer 2019 TBD

J. Lee Thompson's Return from the Ashes (1965) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K  remaster

An expert chess player, Stanislaus Pilgrin (Maximilian Schell) is also an unrepentant cad and schemer. Looking for a way to inherit a fortune, Stanislaus marries Dr. Michele Wolf (Ingrid Thulin), a rich Jewish widow. Later, however, he becomes involved with his wife's stepdaughter, Fabienne (Samantha Eggar), resulting in a complicated web of seduction and deception that ends in murder. Will the duplicitous Stanislaus succeed in getting Michele's money?

Quote from: Criterion Forum user DRW.move
Fans of Petzold’s PHOENIX; Return from the Ashes is based on the same source novel, but continues the story through two more acts. Its a superbly Hitchcockian thriller that's been unavailable for far too long.

August 20, 2019

Mark Robson & Val Lewton's Isle of the Dead (1945) on blu-ray from Scream Factory

A small island off the coast of Greece holds a secret so dreadful, that once you step on its shore, you must remain there forever. General Nikolas Pherides (Karloff) is such a visitor. He came to honor the grave of his wife, and discovers that the entire island has been overrun with a plague - a sickness that drives the victims insane. Soon, Pherides succumbs to the illness. When insanity runs rampant, grave robbery, premature burial and vampires are the unspeakable horrors that await those on the Isle of the Dead.

August 6, 2019

Billy Wilder's The Front Page (1974) on blu-ray from Kino

Successful Chicago newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson (Jack Lemmon) is hanging up his journalist's hat to marry Peggy Grant (Susan Sarandon). When his editor, the arrogant, self-important Walter Burns (Walter Matthau), learns of Hildy's plans, he goes to great lengths to keep his star writer. They learn that the notorious (but possibly wrongfully accused) criminal, Earl Williams (Austin Pendleton), has escaped on the eve of his execution, and Hildy can't resist this one last sensational story.

August 6, 2019

Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair (1948) on blu-ray from Kino

In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi café singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her.

August 13, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration

A shopkeeper''s daughter fights off blackmail after she kills a young artist who had tried to rape her.

August 13, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock's Murder! (1930) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new restoration

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

June 25, 2019

Joseph Losey's Galileo (1975) on blu-ray from  Kino

Challenged by a new student, tutor and theorist Galileo co-opts emerging telescope technology and discovers irrefutable proof of the heretical notion that the earth is not the center of the universe. But in a rigid society ruled by an uneasy alliance of aristocracy and clergy already undermined by the Plague and the Reformation, science is a threat and enlightenment is a luxury. Faced with either death at the hands of the Inquisition or recantation to a hypocritical but all-powerful Papacy, Galileo must choose between his own life and the restless scientific curiosity that he has spurned family, friends, and wealth to pursue.

August 26, 2019

André De Toth's Day of the Outlaw (1959) on blu-ray from Kino. Also available from Masters of Cinema (UK)

Cowboys and ranchers have to put their differences aside when a gang of outlaws, led by army captain Jack Bruhn, decide to spend the night in a little Western town.

August 13, 2019

Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

August 13, 2019

Jacques Becker's Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars is demanded as ransom.

August 13, 2019

Henri Decoin's Razzia sur la chnouf (1955) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

International drug baron Henri Ferré, nicknamed ’Le Nantais’, is tasked with restructuring a narcotics ring operating in Paris. The gangster head Paul Liski provides him with a cover, a bar named Le Troquet, not realising that Ferré is in fact working for the police. Far from supporting the drugs racket, Ferré’s mission is to break it once and for all…

August 20, 2019

Perry Hanzell's The Harder They Come (1972) on blu-ray from Shout Factory, from a new transfer of the original 16mm negative

Also included is the first-ever home entertainment release of Perry Henzell's long lost follow up feature, No Place Like Home, which had gone unfinished and was thought to have been lost. The film follows Susan, a producer from New York, visiting Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial. When the commercial's actress disappears, Susan finds herself venturing further into the island, and drifting further from her real life. Also includes Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker's Odyssey, a new documentary about its genesis and restoration.

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

July 9, 2019

The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 2 on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group

Sherlock Jr (1924)

Buster plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen. While dreaming he is Conan Doyle's master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries.

The Navigator (1924)

Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father. whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board.


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August 19, 2019

Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg at Paramount (1930-1935) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

This is the equivalent of Criterion's box set in terms of film contents, but includes many different extras. A detailed post on Criterion Forum breaks down the similarities and differences between them.

-Morocco (1930)
-Dishonored (1931)
-Shanghai Express (1932)
-Blonde Venus (1932)
-The Scarlet Empress (1934)
-The Devil is a Woman (1935)

The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio, documentaries… and more! This stunning box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

August 19/20, 2019

William Friedkin's Cruising (1980) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative supervised by William Friedkin

New York is caught in the grip of a sadistic serial killer who is preying on the patrons of the city's underground bars. Captain Edelson tasks young rookie Steve Burns with infiltrating the S&M subculture to try and lure the killer out of the shadows. As he immerses himself deeper and deeper into the underworld, Steve risks losing his own identity in the process.

August 6, 2019

Alfred Sole's Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) on blu-ray from Arrow, from a 2K restoration of the original camera negative

A young Brooke Shields meets an untimely end in this religious-themed proto slasher par excellence from director Alfred Sole.On the day of her first communion, young Karen is savagely murdered by an unknown assailant in a yellow rain mac and creepy translucent mask. But the nightmare is far from over – as the knife-wielding maniac strikes again and again, Karen's bereaved parents are forced to confront the possibility that Karen's wayward sister Alice might be the one behind the mask.

Bearing influences from the likes of Hitchcock, the then-booming Italian giallo film and more specifically, Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Alice, Sweet Alice is an absolutely essential – if often overlooked – entry in the canon of 1970s American horror.

2019 TBD

Robert Altman's Beyond Therapy (1987) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

Neurotic New Yorker Bruce (Jeff Goldblum) is a manic bisexual who enjoys a good cry. Equally insecure Prudence (Julie Hagerty) is the uptight writer he meets through the personal ads. Bob Christopher (Christopher Guest) is Bruce's roommate and former lover who is insanely jealous of Prudence. Prudence is also sleeping with her lecherous therapist Stuart (Tom Conti) while Bruce's therapist Charlotte (Glenda Jackson) may be crazier than any of her patients. Add an extremely overprotective mother and a very odd French restaurant, and you have a one-of-a-kind comedy about life, love and the happy endings that lay BEYOND THERAPY. Genevieve Page co-stars in this dysfunctional romantic comedy directed by seven-time Oscar-nominee Robert Altman and co-written by Christopher Durang, based on his smash Broadway play.   

2019 TBD

Serge Gainsbourg's Je t'aime moi non plus (1976) on blu-ray from Kino

Cult icon Serge Gainsbourg wrote, directed, and scored this tale of doomed love between a lonely truck stop waitress (Jane Birkin) and a hunky garbage truck driver (Joe Dallesandro), whose boyfriend (Hugues Quester) becomes increasingly jealous of the two.

July 30, 2019

Marcel L'Herbier's L'Argent (1928) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

Adapted from Émile Zola's novel of the same name, L'Argent is an all-too-timely work of filmmaking loosely based off of the 1882 collapse of Union Générale bank, which subsequently crashed the stock market and plunged France into a decade-long recession. Helmed by Marcel L'Herbier, one of the original members of French cinema's avant-garde, the film uses Zola's tale of mid-1800s stock market speculation to comment on the 1920s greed-fueled fascination with global economies. The story centers on the unscrupulous Nicolas Saccard, played by Pierre Alcover, who makes a bad bet, loses his societal standing and his mistress, and tries to recoup it all by backing an aviator with a daredevil plan to cross the Atlantic to exploit raw materials in the New World.

L'Argent is L'Herbier's silent-era swan song. Known for his ability to translate artistic and innovative sensibilities into commercial fare, L'Herbier designed the film to compete with the super-productions coming out of France, United States, and Germany at the time. It is thus bursting with state-of-the-art techniques, a big-name international cast, 1500 extras, and was shot by France's highest paid cameraman at the time, Jules Krüger. L'Herbier made use of a dozen cameramen flying on pulleys and dollies, as well as an unmanned camera that descended and revolved to capture the stock exchange in full frenzy. Even as the pilot embarks on his trans-Atlantic flight, action on the stock market floor intensifies in a montage of Eisensteinian proportions.

L'Argent was forgotten by many until it was reconstructed in the 1970s, and did not receive a proper preservation until the 1990s. Now, thanks to Lobster Films—with the support of Marie-Ange L'Herbier (the director's daughter), the French CNC and SACEM, the original camera negative of this silent classic has been rescanned at a pristine 4K resolution. Flicker Alley's publication of L'Argent features a new score from Olivier Massot, preformed by the National Orchestra of Lyon under the direction of Timothy Brock, and an earlier orchestral adaptation from Rodney Sauer, preformed by the Mont Alto Orchestra. Also included in this deluxe edition is The Making of L'Argent, one of the first-ever behind-the-scenes documentaries of a feature film. This bonus featurette, complete with a new 4K restoration from the original 35mm elements, and two new musical compositions, including a fascinating score by Tempsion, is a masterpiece in itself.