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  • Actors: Michel Piccoli, Remo Girone, Jeanne Balibar, Guillaume Depardieu, Bulle Ogier
  • Directors: Jacques Rivette
  • Producers: Don't Touch the Axe ( Ne touchez pas la hache ) ( La Duchessa di Langeais ), Don't Touch the Axe, Ne touchez pas la hache, La Duchessa di Langeais
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 132.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018IPNPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Antoinette is the Duchess of Langeais, a married coquette who frequents the mostextravagant balls in 1820's Paris during The Restoration, where hypocrisy and vanityreign. Upon the handsome general Armand de Montriveau's first meeting with her, herealized it was true love. Flattered by his attentions, the alluring Antoinette orchestratesa calculating game of seduction, but she repeatedly refuses Montriveau. Despite hissincere romantic declarations, Montriveau's passion remains unfulfilled. When thehumiliated Montriveau eventually seeks his revenge, Antoinette's love finally awakens.But it may well be too late for the star-crossed lovers. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...Don't Touch the Axe ( Ne touchez pas la hache ) ( La Duchessa di Langeais )

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2008
Format: DVD
Honoré de Balzac's novel LA DUCHESSE DU LANGEAIS has been transformed by screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer for the screen as NE TOUCHEZ PAS A LA HACHE and the result is a mixture of proscenium stage pictures, and scenes separated by written dialogue that merely lets the viewer know such unnecessary details such as that fact that time has passed, and well over two hours of an uninvolving courtship between a sensualist and a coquette. While it is a pleasure to remember the times of Balzac and his way with lusty themes, watching this film version can be tedious - at best.

Fans of director Jacques Rivette will find much to enjoy in this adaptation: the pacing of the film feels important to his concept of the development of the story - the stifling boredom of the evenings of balls in Paris and the isolation of the soldiers' lives, deprived of the companionship of lovely ladies. He has cast Jeanne Balibar as the title character Antoinette de Langeais , a married lady of means with a penchant for flirting and coquettish behavior with important men, and Guillaume Depardieu as General Armand de Montriveau, a war hero who lost his leg and returns to Paris vulnerable for love, namely in the instant attraction to Antoinette. The tale is one of a game of the General's passionate love and the duchess' toying with his advances until a climax is reached which changes the approach of each character with rather disastrous consequences for both.

As a period piece the film works well: the costumes and settings are splendid and the scenes in the endless ballrooms are full of grace and lovely music.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on May 14, 2008
Format: DVD
I saw this film in a fairly intellectual locale (an on-campus theatre at Univ of Miami, FL). As a fan of both the French New Wave and of some of Rivette's previous works (The Nun, La Belle Noiseuse, Secret Defense, Va Savoir), my expectations were in the right place and I thoroughly enjoyed this Restoration-era "love" story (which is really a film about how individuals craft fictions about their own lives and the lives of others). But many of the others in the crowd (many of which were professors) were visibly bored. This is to be expected as Rivette is a filmaker who directs as if there is no real hurry to get anywhere. He intentionally plays with viewer expectations & prefers excruciating exposition to cut-to-the-chase action. His intention is to allow the viewer to inhabit the narrative and interrogate it (just as his protagonists interrogate each other and their own narratives). So, all of Rivette's works work as complex psychological studies but also as meditations on narrative itself. This kind of thing is not for all tastes, expecially not for those who need a bit of action. The action or conflict here is in the interaction between the two protagonists who for various reasons, perhaps only to be guessed at by viewers, prefer to treat life as a seduction/contest of wills/piece of living theatre and action/submission/consummation as the death of seduction/contest/imagination/art.
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