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Criterion in March

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

1st March 2005:

The River - $29.95 - Director Jean Renoir’s entrancing first colour feature—shot entirely on location in India—is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold. Enriched by Renoir’s subtle understanding and appreciation for India and its peoples, The River gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and everlasting creation.

Features include:

  • New high-definition digital transfer from the 2004 film restoration
  • Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
  • New video interview with director Martin Scorsese
  • 2000 audio interview with Ken McEldowney, producer of The River
  • Rumer Godden: An Indian Affair, a 1995 documentary produced for the BBC Bookmark series, following author Rumer Godden as she journeys back to her childhood home in India
  • Stills gallery featuring production photos and publicity stills
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Essays by film scholars Ian Christie and Alexander Sesonske
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

15th March 2005:

The Sword of Doom - $29.95 - Wandering samurai Ryunosuke lives his life in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman—plying his trade during the turbulent final days of Shogunate rule—he kills without remorse, without mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness. The Criterion Collection is proud to present director Kihachi Okamoto’s swordplay classic The Sword of Doom, the thrilling story of a man who chooses to devote his life to evil.

Features include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • A new essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

L'eclisse - $39.95 - The conclusion of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on modern malaise, which began with L’avventura, L’eclisse (The Eclipse) tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) only to drift into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the couple’s doomed affair, Antonioni reaches the apotheosis of his modernist style, returning to his favorite themes: alienation and the difficulty of finding connections in an increasingly mechanized world.

Features include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Richard Peña, program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema, a 56-minute documentary exploring the director’s life and career
  • The Sickness of Eros, a new video piece about Antonioni and L’eclisse, featuring Italian film critic Adriano Apra and longtime Antonioni friend Carlo di Carlo
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • New essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Gilberto Perez
  • More!

Young Törless - $29.95 - At an Austrian boys’ boarding school in the early 1900s, shy, intelligent Törless observes the sadistic behavior of his fellow students, doing nothing to help a victimized classmate—until the torture goes too far. Adapted from Robert Musil’s acclaimed novel, Young Törless launched the New German Cinema movement and garnered the 1966 Cannes Film Festival International Critics’ Prize for first-time director Volker Schlöndorff.

Features include:
  • New, restored digital transfer
  • 2004 video interview with writer-director Volker Schlöndorff in which he talks about the making of the film and reflects upon its impact
  • Rare presentation of the original score by acclaimed composer Hans Werner Henze (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Swann in Love), with a video introduction by Volker Schlöndorff
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • More!

29th March 2005:

Kagemusha - $39.95 - **Delayed from January** In his late color masterpiece Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior), director Akira Kurosawa returned to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his celebrated career—the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a soaring historical epic that is also a somber meditation on the nature of power. The Criterion Collection is proud to present Kagemusha for the first time in its full-length version.

Features on this double-disc set include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince (The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa)
  • A 40-minute documentary on the making of Kagemusha, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Helping a Master: Coppola, Lucas, and Kagemusha, new video interviews with executive producers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas
  • Image: Kurosawa’s Continuity, a new video piece that reconstructs Kagemusha through Kurosawa’s paintings and sketches
  • A booklet featuring new essays by scholars Darrell Davis and Peter Grilli and biographical sketches by Japanese film historian Donald Richie
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • More!

Jules and Jim - $39.95 - Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, legendary director François Truffaut’s early masterpiece Jules and Jim charts the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession over the course of twenty-five years. French film icon Jeanne Moreau stars as Catherine, the alluring and willful young woman whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles. An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash upon its release in 1962 and remains as audacious and entrancing today.

Features on this double-disc set include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard
  • Two audio commentaries: one featuring co-writer Jean Gruault, Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, editor Claudine Bouché, and Truffaut scholar Annette Insdorf; the other featuring legendary actress Jeanne Moreau and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana
  • New video interview with director of photography Coutard
  • Exclusive video interview with co-writer Gruault
  • New video conversation between scholars Robert Stam and Dudley Andrew
  • Excerpts from an episode of the French television program Cinéastes de notre temps dedicated to François Truffaut
  • Segment from the French program L’Invité du Dimanche (1969), featuring Truffaut and Moreau
  • Truffaut on novelist Henri-Pierre Roché, from the French program Bibliothèque de poche (1966)
  • Archival audio interview with Truffaut
  • More!

Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films (Director-Approved Special Edition Three-Disc Set) - $79.95 - In 1999, Polish director Andrzej Wajda received an Honorary Academy Award® for his body of work—more than thirty-five feature films, beginning with A Generation in 1955. Wajda’s second film, Kanal — the first ever made about the Warsaw uprising—secured him the Special Jury Prize at Cannes and started him on the path to international acclaim, secured with the release of his masterpiece, Ashes and Diamonds, in 1958. These three groundbreaking films ushered in the “Polish School” movement and later became known as the “War Trilogy.” But each boldly stands on its own—testaments to the resilience of the human spirit, the struggle for personal and national freedom, and Wajda’s unique contribution to his homeland and to world cinema. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this director-approved edition, with new transfers of all three films and extensive interviews with the director and his colleagues.

Features include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfers
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Annette Insdorf on Ashes and Diamonds
  • Exclusive new interviews on each film with Andrzej Wajda, assistant director Janusz Morgenstern, and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Vintage newsreel on the making of Ashes and Diamonds
  • Ceramics from Ilza (Ceramika Ilzecka), Wajda's 1951 film school short
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, and posters for all three films
  • A gallery of Andrzej Wajda's original drawings and paintings
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: New essays by film scholars and critics Ewa Mazierska, John Simon, and Paul Coates

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