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The Max Ophuls Collection in September

Second Sight have announced the UK DVD release of four films as part of The Max Ophuls Collection for 18th September 2006. Max Ophuls is widely regarded to be one of the greatest and most revered directors in the history of cinema. His trademark of lavish, fluid camera movements would influence generations of filmmakers to come. Among the many who have praised his work as genius are Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Goddard, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, who believed ‘his camera could pass through walls’ and, more recently, directors such as Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) who called him his ‘idol’.

The four titles which make up The Max Ophuls Collection are Madame De…, Le Plaisir, The Reckless Moment and Letter From An Unknown Woman.

Priced at £19.99 each the films are presented in 4:3 with Mono audio while extras break down across the discs like so…

Madame De…

  • Working with Max Ophuls by Alain Jessua (25mins)
  • Video Essay by film historian Tag Gallagher (17mins)

Le Plaisir
  • A Journey Through La Plaisir (55mins)
  • Introduction by Todd Haynes (17mins)
  • Moments from Le Plaisir – a photographic short story
  • From Script to Screen by Jean-Pierre Berthome (20mins)

The Reckless Moment
  • Introduction by Todd Haynes (22mins)
  • Commentary by Lutz Bacher, author of ‘Max Ophuls in the Hollywood Studios’
  • Production Stills Gallery

Letter From An Unknown Woman
  • Video Essay by film historian Tag Gallagher (24mins)

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