Jean-Luc Godard’s classic new wave film – A BOUT DE SOUFFLE/BREATHLESS – re-issued on dvd and Blu Ray

BreathlessA BOUT DE SOUFFLE/BREATHLESS (PG) 1959 FRANCE GODARD, JEAN-LUC DVD – £17.99 DVD – £22.99
Godard’s first film is now seen as the key film in the French new wave.
The film recount the love brief love affair between petty criminal Michel and young American student Patricia. However when Michel kills a policeman the pair go on the run.

In French with English subtitles

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Bertrand Tavernier’s profile of French cinema – VOYAGE À TRAVERS LE CINÉMA FRANÇAIS -out on dvd

A Journey Through French CinemaVOYAGE À TRAVERS LE CINÉMA FRANÇAIS/A JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA (15) 2016 FRANCE TAVERNIER, BERTRAND £18.99
Bertrand Tavernier profiles a number of renowned directors, actors and writers as he discusses the influence they have had on his own career and also the role each has played in French cinema history.

Featuring archive clips and rare behind-the-scenes footage, the film focuses on key figures such as Jacques Becker, Claude Chabrol and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

In French with English subtitles

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Vittorio de Sica’s film – LA CIOCIARA /TWO WOMEN – out on dvd and blu ray

two-womenLA CIOCIARA /TWO WOMEN (15) 1960 ITALY DE SICA, VITTORIO DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
1943 a woman and her teenage daughter travel form war torn Rome to her native village of Ciociaria. When the allies arrive they travel back to Rome and experience the horrors of war that they had hoped to escape.

Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film while Sophia Loren won a BAFTA and an Academy Award for her performance.

In Italian with English subtitles

Other films by Vittorio de Sica on dvd

CACCIA ALLA VOLPE/AFTER THE FOX (U) ITALY 1966 DE SICA, VITTORIO IN ENGLISH £15.99
Sica directs Peter Sellers in this comedy penned by Neil Simon.
IL GIARDINO DEI FINZI CONTINI/GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINI (12) 1970 ITALY SICA, VITTORIO DE DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Drama set in the Italian city of Ferrara in the late 1930s, adapted from the novel by Giorgio Bassani. In the estate grounds of wealthy Jewish family, the Finzi-Continis, brother and sister Alberto (Helmut Berger) and Micol (Dominique Sanda) and their friends, Giorgio (Lino Capolicchio) and Bruno (Fabio Testi), play tennis and enjoy relaxing afternoons. Away from the seclusion and safety of the estate, however, fascism is on the rise.
LADRI DI BICICLETTE/BICYCLE THIEVES (U) 1948 ITALY SICA, VITTORIO DE £17.99
Oscar winning story of a poor man whose bicycle is stolen and he and his son search Rome for it.
IL MIO VIAGGIO IN ITALIA/MY VOYAGE TO ITALY (12) 1999 £12.99
Martin Scorsese presents this documentary in which he discusses Italian films that have had an impact on him. The programme takes a look at films by Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, Fellini and Antonioni in the context of emotion, style, staging, technique, politics and cinematic influence.
MIRACOLO A MILANO/MIRACLE IN MILAN (U) 1950 ITALY SICA, VITTORIO DE THREE DISC SET £24.99
Captivating fable about an orphan who helps the homeless of post war Milan to regain their self-respect.
SCIUSCIÀ’ (RAGAZZI)/SHOESHINE (12) ITALY 1946 SICA, DE, VITTORIO £19.99
Filmed in postwar Rome and inspired by the real stories of those struggling to overcome the oppressive forces of a corrupt
and ineffective political system.
UMBERTO D (U) 1953 ITALY SICA, VITTORIO DE £19.99
Film about a retired civil servant and how he manages to survive on his inadequate pension.

 

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JEAN LUC GODARD Blu Ray collection released in the UK

Godard The Essential CollectionGODARD: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION (15) FRANCE 5 DISCS BLU RAY ONLY £69.99

Films featured are –

A BOUT DE SOUFFLE (PG) 1959 FRANCE GODARD, JEAN-LUC
Godard’s first film is now seen as the key film in the French new wave.

ALPHAVILLE (PG) FRANCE 1965 B/W GODARD, JEAN-LUC
Stylish fantasy about a futuristic city ruled by a dictator.

LE MEPRIS (15) 1963 FRANCE GODARD, JEAN-LUC
Jean-Luc Godard directs a film about making a movie with lots of movie-in-jokes. Stars Brigitte Bardot, Fritz Lang (plays a director) and Jack Palance.

PIERROT LE FOU (15) 19765 FRANCE GODARD, JEAN-LUC
Jean-Paul Belmondo stars in a tragic tale of a romantic couple who cannot escape fate no matter how far they flee.

UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME (PG) 1961 FRANCE GODARD, JEAN-LUC
Landmark film of the French New Wave that weaves a tale of desperation and deceit.

In French with English subtitles

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1960s French gangster movie – CLASSE TOUS RISQUES – issued on dvd

CLASSE TOUS RISQUESCLASSE TOUS RISQUES (12A) 1960 FRANCE   SAUTET, CLAUDE    £19.99
Named by Bertrand Tavernier “One of the best French gangster films” Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo star in this early 1960s gangster movie adapted from the novel by José Giovanni.

BFI writes –

Like Melville’s Le Deuxieme Souffle and Becker’s Le Trou, Claude Sautet’s directorial debut was based on a novel by death-row-inmate-turned-writer José Giovanni. Though seldom screened in recent years, it is undoubtedly their equal, a truly great crime movie deserving of wider renown.

It begins brilliantly as Abel Davos (the peerless Lino Ventura) – a Parisian gangster tired of exile in Italy now that the cops are closing in – and his pal Naldi commit a daring robbery before leaving Milan for France. Their getaway is perilous enough, but even when Abel reaches Nice, there’s still the matter of where to hide out and which of his former partners in crime to trust… particularly when they send a total stranger – Eric Stark (Belmondo, dazzling in a role very different from his hood in the contemporaneous Breathless) – to ferry him back to Paris. Scored by Georges Delerue and shot in moody monochrome by the great Ghislain Cloquet, the film is as sharp and suspenseful a study of loyalty, betrayal and professionalism as Melville’s thrillers; it’s enriched, however, not by stylised borrowings from American movies but by the subtle psychological realism that distinguished later Sautet masterworks like Un Coeur en Hiver and Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud. A real rediscovery.

Bfi review – http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/classe-tous-risques-not-just-gangster-movie

In French with English subtitles

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