On September 9, a collection of eight critically acclaimed French Nouvelle Vague films will be available on Digital HD* and On Demand for the first time ever in the United States from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In addition to being available on Digital HD on iTunes, the films, with the exception of Darling, will also be available on DVD exclusively at Amazon.com. Featuring the work of legendary directors including Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour), Jean-Pierre Melville (Les Enfants Terribles), Jacques Becker (Antoine et Antoinette), Jean-Luc Godard (Hail Mary) and Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear), and acting performances from the likes ofJean-Paul Belmondo (Pierrot le Fou), Jean Gabin (Inspector Maigret), Lino Ventura (Les Misérables, 1928), Jeanne Moreau (Viva Maria!), Anna Karina (A Woman Is A Woman), Simone Signoret (Ship of Fools), Jean-Pierre Cassel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and more, each film is a must-have for any fan of foreign cinema. Pricing and title details available, please check your local cable or digital provider.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay and directed by critically acclaimed director Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour), Last Year at Marienbadtakes place in a luxury hotel in Europe where one resident becomes infatuated with a young woman and tries to persuade her that they had an affair the year before at Marienbad. The film, featuring costumes from iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel, received the Gold Lion at the Venice International Film Festival and the 1961 Prix Melies from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.
Army of Shadows (1969)
Jean-Pierre Melville (Les Enfants Terribles) directs a masterpiece about intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their own brand of honor in their battle against Hitler's regime. Based on the book by Joseph Kessel, the film received awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle.
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
BAFTA Film Awards nominee Jean Gabin (Inspector Maigret) stars as an aging gangster who is forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped for ransom. Directed by Jacques Becker (Antoine et Antoinette), the film also stars Lino Ventura (Les Misérables, 1928) and Jeanne Moreau (Viva Maria!).
A Woman is a Woman (1961)
From the critically acclaimed director Jean-Luc Godard (Hail Mary) comes a classic story about an exotic dancer who is desperate to have a child with her lover, but when he refuses and turns her to his best friend, feelings become complicated. Winner of the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, the film stars the award-winning Anna Karina (Band of Outsiders) and Jean-Paul Belmondo (Pierrot le Fou).
Le Trou (1960)
Directed by Jacques Becker (Antoine et Antoinette) and nominated for two BAFTA Film Awards, Le Trou is considered a masterpiece by the leader of the Nouvelle Vague movement, François Truffaut. Set in 1940s Paris, four prison cellmates plan an escape and induct a new inmate to join their plan... which eventually leads to betrayal.
Billy Liar (1963)
A six-time BAFTA Film Award nominee, Billy Liar stars Julie Christie (Fahrenheit 451) and Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago) and was directed by Academy Award®-winning director John Schlesinger (Best Director, Midnight Cowboy, 1969). The critically acclaimed film tells the story of Billy Fisher, who lives with his parents and works for an undertaker. But in our hero's rich imagination, he is a military conqueror, a debonair playboy, a brilliant novelist and more. Problems arise when he gets his fantasies mixed up with reality.
Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear) and starring Louis Jouvet (The Lower Depths) and Bernard Blier (Monsieur Gangster), the film tells the story of an ambitious singer, her pianist husband and their devoted friend who attempt to cover each other's tracks when a wealthy acquaintance is murdered.
Starring Julie Christie in her Academy Award®-winning role (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Darling, 1965) as a beautiful but amoral model who sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. The film also stars Dirk Bogarde (A Bridge Too Far) and Laurence Harvey (The Manchurian Candidate, 1962).
*Darling will be available via On Demand only.
Year of Production:
Last Year At Marienbad: 1960
Army of Shadows: 1969
Touchez Pas au Grisbi: 1954
A Woman Is A Woman: 1961
Le Trou: 1960
Billy Liar: 1963
Quai des Orfèvres: 1947
Last Year At Marienbad:© 1960 STUDIOCANAL - Argos Films - Cineriz
Army of Shadows: © 1969 STUDIOCANAL - Fono Roma
Touchez Pas au Grisbi: © 1954 STUDIOCANAL - TF1 DA - Antares Films
A Woman Is A Woman: © 1961 STUDIOCANAL - Euro International Films S.p.A
Le Trou: © 1960 STUDIOCANAL - Magic Film S.P.A.
Billy Liar: © 1963 STUDIOCANAL FILMS Ltd
Quai des Orfèvres: © 1947 STUDIOCANAL
Darling: © 1965 STUDIOCANAL
Type: Digital Premiere
Last Year At Marienbad: Drama, Romance
Army of Shadows: Drama, War
Touchez Pas au Grisbi: Crime, Action, Drama, Thriller
A Woman Is A Woman: Comedy, Drama
Le Trou: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Billy Liar: Comedy, Romance
Quai des Orfèvres: Crime, Drama
Darling: Drama, Romance
Last Year At Marienbad: French
Army of Shadows: French
Touchez Pas au Grisbi: French
A Woman Is A Woman: French
Le Trou: French
Billy Liar: English
Quai des Orfèvres: French
Last Year At Marienbad: NA
Army of Shadows: NA
Touchez Pas au Grisbi: NA
A Woman Is A Woman: NA
Le Trou: NA
Billy Liar: English
Quai des Orfèvres: NA
Last Year At Marienbad: English
Army of Shadows: English
Touchez Pas au Grisbi: English
A Woman Is A Woman: English
Le Trou: English
Billy Liar: NA
Quai des Orfèvres: English
Feature Run Time:
Last Year At Marienbad: 94 minutes
Army of Shadows: 144 minutes
Touchez Pas au Grisbi: 96 minutes
A Woman Is A Woman: 83 Minutes
Le Trou: 131 minutes
Billy Liar: 99 minutes
Quai des Orfèvres: 103 minutes
Darling: 123 minutes
Last Year At Marienbad: Widescreen
Army of Shadows: Widescreen
Touchez Pas au Grisbi: Full Screen
A Woman Is A Woman: Widescreen
Le Trou: Widescreen
Billy Liar: Widescreen
Quai des Orfèvres: Full Screen
Audio Status: Mono