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Masters of Cinema in September

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of Luchino Visconti’s Bellissima and Masahiro Shinoda's 1971 film Silence (Chinmoku) as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 24th September 2007.

Bellissima - £19.99 RRP - When casting children's roles, director Luchino Visconti (The Leopard; Death in Venice) is said to have been besieged by clamouring mothers, each trying to attract his attention to their child with cries of "Bellissima!". In his film of the same name, Visconti turned his experiences into art, in the form of a satire on the motivations and machinations at work in the film industry, with the famous Cinecittà studios as a backdrop.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present – for the first time on DVD in the UK – Visconti's exposé of false dreams and shallow fantasies behind the screen, a subtle critique of the industry in which he worked.

Features include:

  • New high-definition progressive transfer, in the original aspect ratio
  • New and improved optional English subtitles
  • Video interview with Bellissima co-screenwriter and assistant director Francesco Rosi [10:31]
  • Original theatrical trailer [3:51]
  • 32-page illustrated booklet containing writing by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and much more…

Silence (Chinmoku) - £17.99 RRP - Adapted from the renowned novel by Shusaku Endo, Masahiro Shinoda's 1971 film Silence (Chinmoku, co-written with Endo) explores the violent cultural conflict amid the arrival of Jesuit missionaries in seventeenth-century Japan.

Shinoda's excellent direction — coupled with a pensive score by the legendary Toru Takemitsu — gives cinematic expression to inner spiritual paradox, and imbues with religious mystery a landscape that seems already sentient with wind, rain, and light.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present for the first time on DVD in the UK Masahiro Shinoda's Silence — based upon the same novel that has intrigued American filmmaker Martin Scorsese for decades, and spurred his own work on a film adaptation of the source material.

Features include:
  • Newly restored high-definition Toho transfer
  • New and improved optional English subtitles
  • Full-colour PDF facsimiles of two historical texts long out-of-print:
    • A History of the Missions in Japan and Paraguay by Cecilia Mary Caddell (314 pages, c. 1856)
    • Japan’s Martyr Church by Sister Mary Bernard (130 pages, c. 1926)
  • A 20-page booklet containing a new essay by writer Doug Cummings, and more...

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