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.

THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (CET OBSCUR OBJET DU DESIR)

02/08/2013

THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE, released in 1977, is Luis Buñuel’s last film as a director. He also co-signed this story of passion and frustration, based on Pierre Louÿs’s LA FEMME ET LE PANTIN, with Jean-Claude Carrière.
For the very first time in a movie, two actresses (Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina) play a single character, Conchita, the object of desire. The film is now available...

PORT OF SHADOWS (LE QUAI DES BRUMES)

11/30/2012

PORT OF SHADOWS (LE QUAI DES BRUMES), based on Pierre Mac Orlan novel, was adapted by French poet Jacques Prévert. Jean Gabin is deserter who comes to Le Havre and seeks somewhere to hide before leaving the country. Thanks to an amicable tramp, he finds refuge in a hut at the harbor where he meets an unusual painter and the beautiful Nelly (Michelle Morgan) with whom he falls passionately in...

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