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Criterion in February

Criterion have announced the following titles for February 2005...

1st February 2005:

Night and the City - $39.95 - Deep within the bowels of shadow-infested London, two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) struggles to live a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, Fabian stumbles upon a chance of a lifetime in the form of legendary wrestler Gregorius the Great (Stanislaus Zbyszko). But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, bottomless graft, and sweaty, pummeled flesh and soon Fabian learns the horrible price of his overweening ambition. Night and the City is a crowning achievement of legendary director Jules Dassin and quintessential film noir.

Features include:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by Glenn Erickson, author of the Film Noir Reader essay on Night and the City
  • Video interview with director Jules Dassin
  • Excerpts from a 1972 French interview with Dassin
  • New essay by film critic Paul Arthur
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • More!

Thieves’ Highway - $39.95 - Set in the world of “long-haul boys” who drive by night to bring their goods to the markets of America’s cities. Ex-G.I. Nick Garcos (Richard Conte) is a tyro trucker bent on satisfaction from the man responsible for crippling his father—ruthless market operator Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Along the way, he is seduced by siren Rica (Valentina Cortesa) and drawn into the San Francisco produce racket—landing him in a web of treachery and heartbreak. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this Jules Dassin masterpiece, the last film he completed in America before he was blacklisted.

Features include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by Alain Silver, editor of The Film Noir Reader and author of Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles
  • Video interview with director Jules Dassin
  • Trailer for The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides (2004), the documentary on writer Bezzerides, author of the novel Thieves’ Highway, featuring interviews with Bezzerides and Dassin
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A new essay by film critic Michael Sragow, author of Produced and Abandoned: The Best Films You’ve Never Seen
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

La Commare Secca - $29.95 - The brutalized corpse of a Roman prostitute is found along the banks of the Tiber River. The police round up and interrogate a handful of possible suspects. In this his stunning debut feature—based on a story by Pier Paolo Pasolini—Bernardo Bertolucci utilizes a series of interconnected flashbacks to explore the nature of truth and the reliability of narrative. The Criterion Collection is proud to present La commare secca, the first full realization of a legendary talent.

Features include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Exclusive interview with director Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Essay by film critic David Thompson
  • New and improved English subtitle translation


15th February 2005:

Tout Va Bien - $29.95 - In 1972, newly radicalized Hollywood star Jane Fonda joined forces with cinematic innovator Jean-Luc Godard and collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin in an unholy revolutionary artistic alliance. Tout va bien tells the story of a wildcat strike at a sausage factory, as witnessed by an American reporter (Fonda) and her has-been New Wave film director husband (Yves Montand), culminating in a free-ranging assault on consumer capitalism and ineffective leftists. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this masterpiece of radical cinema, a caustic critique of society, marriage, and revolution in post-1968 France.

Features include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Letter to Jane (1972), Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s postscript film to Tout va bien
  • 1972 video interview excerpt with Jean-Luc Godard
  • New video interview with Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A booklet including essays by film critics J. Hoberman and Kent Jones and Godard biographer Colin MacCabe and an excerpted interview with Gorin and Godard from 1972

My Own Private Idaho - $39.95 - River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in director Gus Van Sant’s haunting tale of two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest from the grungy streets to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called “home.” Groundbreaking and visually dazzling, My Own Private Idaho is a stirring look at unrequited love and life at society’s margins.

Features on this double-disc set include:
  • New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions and approved by director Gus Van Sant
  • New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
  • Exclusive new audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes (Safe, Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine)
  • The Making of My Own Private Idaho, a new documentary featuring interviews with key crew members
  • New video interview with film critic Paul Arthur on the adaptation of Shakespeare in My Own Private Idaho
  • Video conversation between producer Laurie Parker and Rain Phoenix
  • Outtakes
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • More!
  • Plus: a booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and Reeves






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