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 to restore the film and entrusted the work to the L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna, Italy. The masterpiece was presented in its digital version at the Venice Classics Film Festival in September 2013. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 3, at the same time as its theatrical rerelease.

THE HUMAN BEAST (LA BETE HUMAINE)
Directed by Jean Renoir (1938)
Starring Jean Gabin and Simone Simon
Jacques Lantier is a train engineer on a locomotive that he adores as though it were a living being and has given the name La Lison. He falls madly in love with Séverine, the wife of Roubaud, the deputy stationmaster at LeHavre. Lantier, who is subject to fits of homicidal mania, refuses to kill Roubaud, as Séverine asks him to do. Instead, he kills her in a moment of madness. Out of his mind with grief and regret, he throws himself on the track from his moving train.

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...

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...

TOP