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Alain Resnais: A Decade in Film (Life is a Bed of Roses / Love Unto Death / Melo / I Want to Go Home) (1983-1989) (4pc)

Fanny Ardant , Gerard Depardieu , Alain Resnais  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Fanny Ardant, Gerard Depardieu, Sabina Azema, Pierre Arditi, Vittorio Gassman
  • Directors: Alain Resnais
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KINO VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 414 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001TWT05E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,485 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A FOUR FILM / FOUR DVD COLLECTION FROM THE DIRECTOR OF LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD AND HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR

LIFE IS A BED OF ROSES (LA VIE EST UN ROMAN) Alain Resnais pays tribute to three influential French filmmakers Georges Melies, Marcel L Herbier and Eric Rohmer with this lighthearted film about happiness and the power of the imagination. Life Is a Bed of Roses is divided into three parallel narratives. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer / (Resnais est un Roman) A Documentary Film on the Making of Life Is a Bed of Roses. Starring VITTORIO GASSMAN, RUGGERI RAIMONDI, GERALDINE CHAPLIN, FANNY ARDANT, SABINE AZEMA and PIERRE ARDITI. 1983/France/110 min/Color (1.66:1 Aspect Ratio) 16x9 Enhanced. In French with optional English subtitles.

LOVE UNTO DEATH (L AMOUR A MORT) From Alain Resnais, the award-winning French director of such cinematic masterpieces as Night and Fog and Hiroshima, Mon Amour, comes Love Unto Death, his moving follow-up to the highly successful Life Is a Bed of Roses. Made during Resnais s mid-career renaissance in the 1980 s, Love Unto Death is a tightly constructed meditation on the nature of love and death. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer / Interview with Producer Marin Karmitz on the making of the film, and on working with director Resnais. Starring SABINE AZEMA, FANNY ARDANT, PIERRE ARDITI, ANDRE DUSSOLLIER and JEAN DASTE. 1984/France/92 min/Color (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio) 16x9 Enhanced. In French with optional English subtitles.

MELO Alain Resnais, the legendary, daring, and acclaimed director of Night and Fog, Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad, adds an offbeat entry into his stunning oeuvre with Melo, a loose adaptation of Henri Bernstein s celebrated 1929 play. Resnais s first solo credit for screenplay in almost 40 years, Melo tells the story of Marcel (Andre Dussollier) and Pierre (Pierre Arditi), two lifelong friends who are also concert violinists. Azema won the Cesar (France s Academy Award) as Best Actress. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer / Interview with Producer Marin Karmitz on the making of the film, and on working with director Resnais. Starring SABINE AZEMA, FANNY ARDANT, PIERRE ARDITI, ANDRE DUSSOLLIER, JACQUES DACQMINE and CATHERINE ARDITI. 1986/France/112 min/Color/(1.66:1 Aspect Ratio) 16x9 Enhanced. In French with optional English subtitles.

I WANT TO GO HOME (JE VEUX RENTRER A LA MAISON) Alain Resnais, the legendary French director of many groundbreaking films (including Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad), collaborates with American writer / cartoonist Jules Feiffer (Carnal Knowledge) for this raucous satire of French and American culture. Special Features: Original Theatrical Traile / Interview with Producer Marin Karmitz on the making of the film, and on working with director Resnais. Starring GERARD DEPARDIEU, ADOLPH GREEN, LINDA LAVIN, LAURA BENSON, GERALDINE CHAPLIN and LUDIVINE SAGNIER. 1989/France/101 min/Color (1.66:1 Aspect Ratio) 16x9 Enhanced. In English and French with optional English subtitles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pas mal November 13, 2009
This is probably one of the best box sets of its kind. While not among Resnais's most beautiful or effective films, these selections represent a very interesting period in his career. During the eighties he seems to be formulating a more mature and consistent aesthetic, while remaining fully engaged in experimentation. The results are often innovative if not completely successful, and make for some extremely eccentric films. I was fascinated and charmed.
La vie est un roman is the most baroque and utterly strange of the four. It consists of three separate stories that unfold in alternating scenes: one in the 19th century, one in contemporary reality, and the third in a childish fantasy world. Although not a musical in strict terms, the characters (including a chorus) occasionally stumble into a song or a few bars of music. It's pretty much safe to say you've never seen anything like it.
L'amour a mort is also a kind of musical, although without singing. The whole film unfolds in fairly short scenes separated by musical interludes of various lengths. This formal device reminds me of Muriel (especially since Hans Werner Henze wrote the music for both films), except that here it is self conscious and entirely uncompromising in its presentation of a non-traditional narrative form. This film is not very engaging, but is an interesting and unusual viewing experience.
Melo is a pretty straightforward adaptation of a play. Straightforward in that it has a very simple elegant approach, and its aesthetic of bareness (there is no musical underscoring and very little sound besides the characters' voices) creates a sense of theatricality. It's interesting to see how this theatricality blends at times into certain cinematic moments.
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