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L’Enfance-Nue & Police (Masters of Cinema Series) in September

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of Maurice Pialat’s L’Enfance-Nue and Police as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 22nd September 2008 priced at £22.99 each. Two films from renowned French director Maurice Pialat, each presented with new transfers and a plethora of extras on individual Two-Disc Special Editions.

Maurice Pialat’s 1968 feature debut - L’Enfance-nue [Naked-Childhood] - provides a perspective on growing-up that rejects both sentimentality and modish cynicism. Its unflinching, but also warmly accommodating, outlook on childhood attracted François Truffaut to take on the role as co-producer of Pialat’s film. First-time actor Michel Tarrazon plays the young François, a provincial orphan whose destructive behaviour precipitates his relocation from the home of a long-term foster family to the care of a benevolent elderly couple. In the course of this transition, Pialat’s film presents the turbulence of François’s unmoored existence, and his explosive reactions to the contradictory emotions it engenders. This is the naked portrait of a soul’s — and an entire society’s — dysfunction, before the moment of reconciliation.

A two-disc Special Edition, features include:

  • New anamorphic transfer of the film in its original aspect ratio
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • L’amour Existe [Love Exists] (1960) — Maurice Pialat’s poetic 19-minute film about life in the Paris banlieues
  • 2003 video interview with co-screenwriter Arlette Langmann, conducted by former Cahiers du cinéma editor-in-chief, and current director of the Cinémathèque Française, Serge Toubiana
  • 32-minute 1973 interview with Maurice Pialat, from the programme Champ contre-champ
  • Choses Vues Autour De L’enfance Nue [Things Seen Around L’enfance Nue] (1969) — 50-minute documentary by Roger Stéphane shot in the course of L’Enfance-nue’s production, examining Pialat’s film-in-progress and the plight of foster children
  • 2005 video interview with Michel Tarrazon, the star of L’Enfance-nue
  • The film’s original trailer, along with trailers for other Maurice Pialat films to be released by The Masters of Cinema Series
  • 40-page booklet containing a new essay by critic and filmmaker Kent Jones, and newly translated interviews with Maurice Pialat

Pialat’s idiosyncratic 1985 police thriller - Police - stars Gérard Depardieu as Mangin, a cop whose brutal method of investigation finds its obsessive outlet in an attempt to crack a Tunisian narcotics ring. It is when Mangin enters into close acquaintance with the defiant Noria (Sophie Marceau in one of her first screen roles) that the film proceeds to chart an unexpected, emotionally ambiguous course — and the lines between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, and ‘power’ and ‘freedom’, terminally blur.

A two-disc Special Edition, features include:
  • New anamorphic transfer of the film in its original aspect ratio
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • 2003 video interview with director and Police co-screenwriter Catherine Breillat, conducted by former Cahiers du cinéma editor-in-chief, and current director of the Cinémathèque Française, Serge Toubiana
  • Zoom Sur Police [Zoom Onto Police] (2002) — 34-minute documentary by Virginie Apiou about the production of the film
  • Vintage screen-tests featuring Maurice Pialat and C. Galmiche, the inspiration for the character of Lambert
  • Excerpt from a 1985 episode of Cinéma Cinémas shot during the course of the 17th day of production on Police
  • 23-minute video discussion with Yann Dedet, the editor of Police
  • The film’s original trailer, along with trailers for other Maurice Pialat films to be released by The Masters of Cinema Series
  • 40-page booklet containing a new essay by filmmaker and critic Dan Sallitt, and newly translated interviews with Maurice Pialat


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