Criterion's August line-up including Kurosawa's The Lower Depths

The titles making up Criterion's 19th August 2003 line-up have been revealed as...

Indiscretion of an American Wife/Terminal Station - An American housewife (Jennifer Jones) vacationing in Italy reluctantly decides to put an end to her brief affair with an Italian academic (Montgomery Clift). She flees to Rome’s Stazione Termini, where she bids him farewell, but he begs her to stay. The film’s plot is simple; its production was not. The troubled collaboration between director Vittorio De Sica and producer David O. Selznick resulted in two cuts of the same film. De Sica’s version, Terminal Station, was screened at a length of one-and-a-half hours, but after disappointing previews, Selznick severely re-edited it and changed the title to Indiscretion of an American Wife without De Sica’s permission. The Criterion Collection is proud to present both versions of this controversial release.

  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • English DD1.0 Mono
  • Includes new digital transfers of both versions of the film: Indiscretion of an American Wife: Selznick’s 72-minute cut, including the Patti Page-performed overture “Autumn in Rome” and “Indiscretion”; Terminal Station (Stazione termini): De Sica’s original 89-minute version
  • Exclusive audio commentary on Indiscretion by film scholar Leonard Leff (Hitchcock and Selznick: The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Promotional materials
25/07/03: The Lower Depths has been removed from the schedules to add more bonus features. Expect to see this re-announced for the end of the year, possibly early 2004.

The Lower Depths

- Director Akira Kurosawa’s transformation of Maxim Gorky’s classic proletarian play, The Lower Depths, demonstrates another side of the acclaimed filmmakers’s remarkable versatility. In contrast to his usual broad canvas and kinesthetic filmmaking style, here he explores the possibilities of the stage, finding intimacy in his examination of a group of destitutes set, ironically, within Japan’s prosperous Edo period. Starring an ensemble cast that includes Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, and Minoru Chiaki, this adaptation is a Buddhist meditation on the human condition, a poignant yet comic investigation of one of Kurosawa’s favorite themes—the conflict between illusion and reality.

  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • Japanese DD1.0 Mono
  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring Japanese-film expert Donald Richie (A Hundred Years of Japanese Cinema)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by Keiko McDonald (From Book to Screen: Modern Japanese Literature in Films) and Thomas Rimer (A Reader’s Guide to Japanese Literature)
  • Cast biographies by Stephen Prince (The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa)
  • New and improved English subtitle translation by renowned Japanese-film translator Linda Hoaglund
Ingmar Bergman Trilogy: Through a Glass Darkly / Winter Light / The Silence

- This box set brings three of Ingmar Bergman's most powerful and representative works together in one set alongside a fourth bonus disc featuring the 145-minute documentary Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie that will be presented in its entirety outside of Sweden for the first time. These films, a series of chamber dramas examining faith and alienation in the modern age, exposed moviegoers worldwide to a new level of intellectual and emotional intensity. Working with cameraman Sven Nykvist, Bergman drew on his own religious upbringing and ensuing spiritual crises to create three masterworks which challenge the necessity of religion and exhibit his own mastery of writing and direction.

  • New high-definition digital transfers of all three films
  • Original Swedish soundtracks with newly-translated English subtitles
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtracks
  • Exploring the film: New video discussions with Bergman biographer Peter Cowie (Ingmar Bergman: A Critical Biography) focusing on the trilogy, the director’s inspiration, actors, cinematic style, and religious confrontations
  • Essays by film scholars Peter Matthews, Peter Cowie, and Leo Braudy, plus a new statement from director Vilgot Sjöman
  • Poster gallery for the films of the trilogy
  • Original theatrical trailers

Retail is $39.95 each for Indiscretion of an American Wife/Terminal Station and The Lower Depths, while the Bergman Trilogy will retail at $79.95.

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