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Pierre Etaix (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1971)

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  • Actors: Pierre Etaix
  • Directors: Pierre Etaix
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 413 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2BYXQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New digital restorations of all five features and three short films
  • New interview with director Pierre Etaix
  • New video introductions by Etaix to seven of the films
  • Pierre Etaix, un destin anime (2010), a portrait of the life and work of Etaix
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Cairns

  • Editorial Reviews

    A French comedy master whose films went unseen for decades as a result of legal tangles, director-actor Pierre Etaix is a treasure the cinematic world has rediscovered and taken up with relish. His work can be placed in the spectrum of classic physical comedy with that of Jacques Tati and Jerry Lewis, but it also stands alone. These films, influenced by Etaix's experiences as a circus acrobat and clown and by the silent film comedies he adored, are elegantly deadpan, but as an on-screen presence, Etaix radiates warmth. This collection includes all of his films, including five features, The Suitor (1962), Yoyo (1965), As Long as You've Got Your Health (1966), Le grand amour (1969), and Land of Milk and Honey (1971)—most of them collaborations with the great screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)—and three shorts, Rupture (1961), the Oscar-winning Happy Anniversary (1962), and Feeling Good (1966). Not one of these is anything less than a bracing and witty delight.

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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just a correction... May 21, 2013
    By Balaste
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    A previous reviewer heaped praise on Criterion for "remastering and releasing" Etaix's films to the public. I don't disagree with that sentiment, though it should be limited to releasing the films to the US public. Criterion isn't in the job of remastering, and this was done for the Etaix films by Etaix himself in 2010, with financial support from the Groupama Gan Foundation, and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage. We have these versions here, with new subtitles and various features.

    Again, this isn't to slight Criterion. If it wasn't for them, it's difficult to think of another publisher that would purchase the US rights to these films. Praise all around, then.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A long time forgotten comedy genius April 8, 2013
    Format:DVD
    Passionate music lover since he was a child and of circus world and influenced by the silent screen comedy artists he love - Langdon, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy- great french comedy master Pierre Etaix started his cinematic career in a brief cameo scene of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket and at the side of also comedy genius Jacques Tati. Painter, professional clown - he shared stage with Charlie Rivel in the Medrano, joined Tati at the Olympia, on his show "Jour de fete", became a popular comedian on his country working first in famous salas like "Le cheval d'or" and then with his wife Annie Fratellini as comedy couple - and graphic artist - he drew between others the film posters of Tati's Mon Oncle and Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot - he jumped into film direction and the filming of his own stuff joining Jean-Claude Carriere - whom Etaix considers his script writing teacher - in the short film Rupture(1961),co-directed with Carriere himself. Tagged sometimes as the french Buster Keaton - one of his most beloved and admirated comedy artists with Stan Laurel and Charlie Rivel -probably for his precise "mise-en-scene", exquisite and very calculated sight-gags and his way of acting - Etaix joins in his films slapstick, classic circus routines and acrobatic bits with sophisticated comedy in films plenty of surreal visual invention. His movies also shine for his great taste for the coreographic visual gag and the funny, very creative use of sound and music. Read more ›
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    23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A long time forgotten comedy genius April 9, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray
    Passionate music lover since he was a child and of circus world and influenced by the silent screen comedy artists he love - Langdon, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy- great french comedy master Pierre Etaix started his cinematic career in a brief cameo scene of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket and at the side of also comedy genius Jacques Tati. Painter, professional clown - he shared stage with Charlie Rivel in the Medrano, joined Tati at the Olympia, on his show "Jour de fete", became a popular comedian on his country working first in famous salas like "Le cheval d'or" and then with his wife Annie Fratellini as comedy couple - and graphic artist - he drew between others the film posters of Tati's Mon Oncle and Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot - he jumped into film direction and the filming of his own stuff joining Jean-Claude Carriere - whom Etaix considers his script writing teacher - in the short film Rupture(1961),co-directed with Carriere himself. Tagged sometimes as the french Buster Keaton - one of his most beloved and admirated comedy artists with Stan Laurel and Charlie Rivel -probably for his precise "mise-en-scene", exquisite and very calculated sight-gags and his way of acting - Etaix joins in his films slapstick, classic circus routines and acrobatic bits with sophisticated comedy in films plenty of surreal visual invention. His movies also shine for his great taste for the coreographic visual gag and the funny, very creative use of sound and music. Read more ›
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Needs to be Congratulated! May 3, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray
    Criterion has done it again...I want to personally thank Criterion for taking the time and effort to remastering and releasing the films of Pierre Etaix to the public. Like his mentor Jacques Tati, Etaix is a comic genius whose humor is rooted in the classic comedians of the silent era (Buster Keaton, Chaplin, Harold Lloyd). Also like these comedians, Etaix uses humor to comment upon modern society (or what was considered modern at the time he was working). My personal favorite film out of this collection is Le Grand Amour, which takes the cinema trope of the troubled marriage, and brings it to a brilliantly surreal level. This is, without a doubt, the blu-ray release of the year!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Filmmaker Jacques Tati has inspired many people throughout his lifetime. And for one comedian, actor and filmmaker, Pierre Etaix, is a man who had the opportunity to work with Tati but also alongside international talent such as Robert Bresson, Nagisa Oshima, Otar Iosseliani and Jerry Lewis.

    Best known for his short and feature films from the 1960′s, you would think that Pierre Etaix, an Academy Award winner, would be a well-known name to cinema fans worldwide. But unfortunately, his films would be unavailable for decades due to a legal dispute with a distribution company.

    But now Pierre Etaix's films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in America courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

    "Pierre Etaix - The Criterion Collection #655″ comes with digitally restored short films "Rupture" (1961) about an illustrator having a difficult time at work and "Happy Anniversary" ("Heureux Anniversaire", 1962), a short story about a wife preparing an anniversary meal for her husband but unfortunately, he is caught up in automobile and traffic situations and not sure if he can make it home in time. The short won an Academy Award in 1963 for "Best Short Subject" and a 1964 BAFTA Award for "Best Short Film".

    The collection also includes his first feature film "The Suitor" (Le Soupirant), a film which was originally conceived as several shorts, but Etaix was told to create a feature film in which he did.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Tresures
    Pierre Etaix, known as clown and co-author and illustrator for Jaques Tati's "Mon Oncle" is best as his own director
    and protagonist. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Oliver M. Meyer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Pierre Etaix? Someone you should know.
    The only thing worse than a filmmaker not be taken seriously by critics or moviegoers is a filmmaker generally ignored by both. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by JLR
    5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Pierre Etaiz films
    I saw The Suitor at the Sacramento French Film Festival this year, and bought the whole collection for the Sacramento Alliance Francaise. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Paul Kao
    5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
    If you are looking at this disc listing I assume you already know that Etaix was a brilliant French director/actor whose small body of work has been unavailable for many years. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by james d. thomas
    5.0 out of 5 stars I saw The Suitor 50 years ago - and never forgot it
    I saw The Suitor 50 years ago, and was delighted with the beauty of the film, a series of carefully crafted images that told a simple story with a quiet surface but great... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Dean Sigler
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1960's clown work
    it's easy to see the symbiotic connection between Jerry Lewis and Pierre Etaix, a renown actor, clown and film director. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by NYC-Ill
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...
    Just fantastic...If you love french cinema, Jacques Tati and silent films then this collection is worth every penny to acquire.
    Published 15 months ago by Peter Schwartz
    5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure, forgotten for so many years.
    This is a wonderful set. Contains all of Pierre Etaix film work
    plus commentary on each film by Etaix himself. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Ronald Phlegar
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