KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS BY ROBERT HAMER (1949)

01/06/2015

KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS is a jewel of British black comedy, famous for Alec Guinness's astonishing performance as no fewer than eight different characters.
As a very distant relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne-Chalfont, Louis Mazzini uses a wide variety of inventive methods to successively do away with all those who stand ahead of him in the line of succession, ultimately murdering the Duke...

THE THINGS OF LIFE (LES CHOSES DE LA VIE) BY CLAUDE SAUTET - 1969

10/13/2014

THE THINGS OF LIFE by Claude Sautet, with Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider - 1969 Louis-Delluc Prize

Michel is fatally wounded in a dreadful car accident. He watches his life race by, remembers the people he had loved, and realises that the countless details matter because they add up to the joy of life.
Claude Sautet directed this drama, co-authored the screenplay with Jean-Loup Dabadie and Paul Guimard based on the latter’s novel, and it met public and critical acclaim. This sensitive and restless film bears his work’s hallmarks: it captures France’s bourgeoisie and its uneasiness at the thought that it may be missing out on life and love. And it features two of his favourite actors: Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli (he directed both in 5 feature films).

Seven films re-mastered by STUDIOCANAL, including THE THINGS OF LIFE, will be screened during a Claude Sautet retrospective at the Festival Lumière, from 13 to 19 October 2014 in Lyon, France.

THE THINGS OF LIFE will be released in France on 2 December, in a Claude Sautet box set also including CESAR AND ROSALIE; VINCENT, FRANÇOIS, PAUL AND THE OTHERS; A FEW DAYS WITH ME and NELLY & MONSIEUR ARNAUD.

DAY BREAK (LE JOUR SE LEVE) MAKES THE 2014 CANNES CLASSICS SELECTION

05/06/2014

Marcel Carné had pledged to work with his PORT OF SHADOWS acolytes Jacques Prévert and Jean Gabin once again. Jacques Viot, who lived next-door to Marcel Carné, brought him the screenplay he was missing about a blue-collar worker who commits a love crime and shuts himself away in his room. The director devoured the script, captivated by the eminently modern flashback structure (which...

THE SEVENTH SEAL

04/15/2014

The Black Death is ravaging Europe when disillusioned knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) returns from the Crusades, encounters Death (Bengt Ekerot) and asks him for one last chance, challenging him to a game of chess for the sole purpose of pre-empting his demise.

THE SEVENTH SEAL, a mystical epic by Ingmar Bergman, won the Jury’s Special Prize at the Cannes Cinema Festival in 1957 and...

JACQUES TATI’S COMPLETE WORKS, FULLY RESTORED AND IN HIGH-DEFINITION, AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER STARTING 18 FEBRUARY

02/18/2014

When you ask directors around the world to name one French filmmaker who has changed their perspective on their art and the world, they all – or almost – smile and mention Jacques Tati. In France, almost 20 million people have watched his films in cinemas, making him one of the most popular creators in film-making history. His one-of-a-kind creative flair, unparalleled insights into post-WWII...

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