Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#51 Post by david hare » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:22 pm

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#53 Post by soundchaser » Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:12 pm

Just finished this set last night. What a treasure the whole thing is. There's a particular scene in Un Carnet de Bal that cements Duvivier in my mind as one of the great early sound directors.
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The astonishing sequence in which Christine goes to visit Thierry, the abortion doctor, is shot almost entirely in shifting Dutch angles. I think there are three layers at work here. Not only does this technique externalize Thierry's mental instability and the queasiness of his abusive relationship, but it also illustrates what could be his future as a ship's doctor (I forgot for a second that it wasn't taking place on a ship, so omnipresent is the movement). And by the end of the scene, Thierry is stumbling around as if the room is moving diegetically.
It's a fantastic layering that takes a simple camera technique and explores it in several facets in the span of maybe ten minutes. I'm not sure I've seen anything quite like it before.

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#54 Post by Stefan Andersson » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:07 am

"La tête d´un homme" has been restored in 4K, from the OCN and other materials. Billed as "version originale inédite", running 100 minutes:
https://www.cinematheque.fr/film/48359.html

The film is also billed at 100 minutes on this VOD service available in France, Germany and Austria:
https://www.lacinetek.com/fr/tous-les-f ... e-vod.html

The Eclipse version runs 93 minutes.
Runtime 88 minutes according to this: http://www.dvdclassik.com/critique/la-t ... e-duvivier

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#55 Post by TMDaines » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:52 am

This set will be redundant pretty quick once it is all on Blu-ray.

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#56 Post by knives » Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:17 am

As long as there are casual film fans it won't.

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#57 Post by tenia » Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:02 pm

Also : this is from TF1, who pretty much don't release catalogue BDs themselves anymore, and sadly, not many people are picking those up in France (and the ones who do don't release tons of discs per year). In the US, it would require Criterion upgrading a title from an Eclipse set, which IIRC still remains yet unheard of. That leaves the UK as the best shot, with either Arrow Academy or Eureka, and Japan with IVC (who release quite a hefty amount of newly restored French movies). This isn't much.

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#58 Post by The Pachyderminator » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:17 pm

tenia wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:02 pm
In the US, it would require Criterion upgrading a title from an Eclipse set, which IIRC still remains yet unheard of.
Except for the Early Bergman titles that ended up in the box set.

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#59 Post by domino harvey » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:22 pm

Didn’t one of the Ozu early films end up as a Blu-Ray extra?

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#60 Post by swo17 » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:23 pm

I Was Born But...

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#61 Post by tenia » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:05 pm

The Pachyderminator wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:17 pm
tenia wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:02 pm
In the US, it would require Criterion upgrading a title from an Eclipse set, which IIRC still remains yet unheard of.
Except for the Early Bergman titles that ended up in the box set.
Oh right, I forgot about that. It's inside a boxset though, and not an individual release, so that probably was a different thought process for Criterion.
swo17 wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:23 pm
I Was Born But...
This one however was more of an upscaled extra than a real upgrade (unlike the Bergmans).


This being written, some Eclipse movies WERE included elsewhere, so my bad.

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Re: Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties

#62 Post by domino harvey » Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:17 pm

Criterion is 100% going to upgrade Daisies at some point, bet money on it, so you’ll get a better example one of these days

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