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La Gueule Ouverte (MOC) in April

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of Maurice Pialat’s La Gueule Ouverte as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 20th April 2009 priced at £19.99 RRP. The French director’s third film, also known as The Mouth Agape, is one about illness: a condition of the body, and a name for the capacity to injure the ones who love us most. The cast includes Nathalie Baye, Monique Mélinand, Philippe Léotard, and Hubert Deschamps.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present La Gueule Ouverte on a two-disc set accompanied by nine Pialat shorts – three narrative works from the earliest part of the director’s career, and the six poetic essay-documentaries he shot in Turkey in the early ‘60s – which alone total over two hours in length.

Features include:

  • New anamorphic transfer of the film in its original aspect ratio
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Three early short-films by Maurice Pialat:
    • Drôles de bobines [Funny Reels] - 1957, 17 minutes
    • L’Ombre familière [The Familiar Shadow] - 1958, 24 minutes
    • Janine - 1961, 17 minutes
  • The six short 1964 essay-documentaries made by Maurice Pialat in, and about, Turkey:
    • Bosphore [Bosporus] - 14 minutes
    • Byzance [Byzantium] - 12 minutes
    • La Corne d’or [The Golden Horn] - 12 minutes
    • Istanbul - 13 minutes
    • Maître Galip [Master Galip] - 11 minutes
    • Pehlivan - 12 minutes
  • 12-minute 2004 interview with Pialat’s ex-wife and frequent collaborator, Micheline Pialat, conducted by former Cahiers du cinéma editor-in-chief, and current director of the Cinémathèque Française, Serge Toubiana
  • 8-minute 2004 interview with actress Nathalie Baye
  • 11 minutes of footage from the shoot of La Gueule ouverte, featuring commentary recorded in 2005 by actor Jean-François Balmer
  • 16-minute 2004 interview with cinematographer Willy Kurant discussing his work with Pialat on the Turkish short-films
  • 14-minute 1987 interview with Pialat about the Cinémathèque Française’s role in his film education
  • 10-minute excerpt from a 2002 master class with Pialat, discussing the film Maître Galip
  • Original theatrical trailer for La Gueule ouverte, along with trailers for the six other Maurice Pialat films released by The Masters of Cinema Series
  • 36-page booklet containing a new essay by critic Adrian Martin, and newly translated interviews with Maurice Pialat

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