Michel Piccoli, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, but also David Fincher … For Christmas, Le Figaro has selected for you the best gifts to offer to lovers of the 7e art.
• Michel Piccoli
Disappeared on May 12, Michel Piccoli is not dead since the actors never die. The proof with this box set which brings together certain essentials of the man with the voice of Gypsy without filter. There is of course Contempt (1963), by Jean-Luc Godard, who reveals to the general public his talent and the plastic art of Brigitte Bardot. Luis Bunuel’s works (The Diary of a Chambermaid, Beautiful day) and Claude Sautet (Things of life, Max and the junkyard, Vincent, François, Paul and the others). Finally, less known but also essential for fans of Piccoli, Themroc (1973), by Claude Faraldo – shot with the band of Café de la Gare, Coluche, Dewaere, Bouteille – and above all A strange affair (1981), by Pierre Granier-Deferre. As a manipulative and mysterious boss, Piccoli is fascinating.
Studiocanal, € 39.99.
• “Forbidden Hollywood”
Hollywood did not wait for #MeToo to stage the “empowerment” of women. In the 1930s, actresses took power, at least on screen. The ten films restored and reunited by Warner Bros. under the title Forbidden Hollywood recall him happily. These titles were a great success in theaters this summer, an enchanted parenthesis of deconfined cinema. These are “precode” works, these years preceding the establishment of the code of morality formalized in 1934 by William Hayes, prohibiting nudity, adultery, religion, alcohol, mixed unions between blacks and whites, the jazz… Before this (self) censorship, the filmmakers had a blast. In Baby face, by Alfred E. Green (1933), the formidable Barbara Stanwyck plays a man-eater ready to do anything to succeed in banking in New York. Ruth Chatterton is already a rich and powerful heiress at the start of Female, by Michael Curtiz. She invites her employees to bed for a night (“I treat men exactly as they treat women”). In Free souls, by Clarence Brown (1931), Norma Shearer prefers a gangster (Clark Gable) to her polo champion fiancé. Delightfully immoral.
Warner Bros., € 49.99.
• “The Lion and the Wind”
The ransom is exorbitant. In 1904, in Tangier, a Berber chief abducted an American national and her two children. The lady being interpreted by Candice Bergen, we understand that the sum is tidy. The kidnapper being called Sean Connery, we guess that Stockholm syndrome was also striking in Morocco. The tumultuous John Milius, screenwriter ofApocalypse Now, takes hold of this authentic news item and turns it into a warlike and grandiose fable where two conceptions of the world clash. The President of the United States is getting involved. Roosevelt’s re-election is at stake. Heads are falling in the desert sands. It was in 1975. This kind of production is no longer possible. There was breath and humor, a certain panache. Sean Connery is so imperial that even the skull in a turban, he doesn’t look ridiculous.
Rimini Éditions, a DVD and a Blu-ray, € 30.
• David Fincher, “The Game” collector’s box
Two years later Seven, David Fincher stars the ruthless Nicholas van Orton (impressive Michael Douglas) wealthy but lonely San Francisco businessman. On the night of his birthday, his brother (Sean Penn) gives him a mysterious gift that will sink his existence into chaos. Restored in 2K from the original negative, supervised by David Fincher, this set includes new unpublished supplements including an exciting analysis, The Game: the art of manipulation. As well as a puzzle and A world of simulacra, book by David Mikanowski. Prestige edition numbered at 1997 copies, € 49.99.
• “François Truffaut, passion for cinema”
what’s new in the movie theatre? François Truffaut (1932-1984). The most literary of New Wave filmmakers is everywhere. On TV, Netflix and DVD-Blu-ray. François Truffaut, passion for cinema is not the first box set dedicated to the director of Four Hundred Blows (an integral exists at MK2). Moreover, the Antoine Doinel series (Stolen kisses, Marital home, Love on the run) is not included in this one. The eight feature films distributed by the Associate Artists, between The bride was in black (1968) and The Green Room (1978). Two themes dominate this period: childhood (The Wild Child, Pocket money) and especially love, most often staged as a pathology (The Mississippi Mermaid, The Story of Adèle H., The man who loved women, A beautiful girl like me). Texts by fervent Truffaldians (Axelle Ropert, Arnaud Desplechin) accompany the films. Arte Éditions, € 89.99.
• “Claude Chabrol, feminine suspense”
Claude Chabrol loves women and they give him back. As proof this box bringing together Hell, Nothing goes, Thank you for the chocolate, Ceremony, and The Flower of Evil. So many tributes to the stronger sex according to the director who highlights them through these films presented by Joël Magny. Here predominate ambiguous and amoral, poisonous and criminal female figures in stories where lies and dissimulation reign. “Feminist by temperament, but also by reflection”, Claude Chabrol orchestrates magnificent duets such as Huppert-Serrault or Béart-Cluzet. Entomologist of the human soul and master of suspense, the filmmaker has, among other things, inspired the South Korean Bong Joon-ho for Parasite in which the heroines are also in majesty.
Carlotta / MK2 editions, € 50.