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3 Films by Louis Malle (Au Revoir Les Enfants / Murmur of the Heart / Lacombe, Lucien) (The Criterion Collection) (1971)

Gaspard Manesse , Raphael Fejtö , Louis Malle  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément
  • Directors: Louis Malle
  • Writers: Louis Malle, Patrick Modiano
  • Producers: Louis Malle, Claude Nedjar, Vincent Malle
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 611 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1YVZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "3 Films by Louis Malle (Au Revoir Les Enfants / Murmur of the Heart / Lacombe, Lucien) (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Three feature films: Murmur of the Heart (1971), Lacombe, Lucien (1974) and Au revoir les enfants (1987)
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Essays by critics Michael Sragow, Pauline Kael, and Philip Kemp
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • Exclusive bonus disc of supplements featuring:
  • New interviews with actor and Louis Malle widow Candice Bergen and biographer Pierre Billard
  • Excerpts from a French TV program featuring the director on the sets of Murmur of the Heart and Lacombe, Lucien
  • Audio interviews with Malle from 1972, 1980, and 1988
  • The Immigrant, Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 short comedy, featured in Au revoir les enfants
  • A profile of the provocative character of Joseph from Au revoir les enfants, created by filmmaker Guy Magen in 2005
  • Louis Malle filmography

Editorial Reviews

A four-disc box set showcasing director Louis Malle's loose trilogy of acclaimed films about the loss of innocence and modern France. Murmur of the Heart is about a 15-year-old boy growing up in Dijon in the 1950s and his scandalous behavior. Lacombe Lucien takes place in the summer of 1944, and tells the story of an 18-year-old working for the occupying Nazis. Au revoir les enfants is Malle's award-winning, autobiographical story about two boys at a provincial Catholic boarding school during the war, and the secret they share. Also includes a fourth disc of supplements, exclusive to this box set.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, chilling films that are so un-Hollywood March 23, 2006
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These are dark psychological films that examine seemingly normal people in the most unusual circumstances, from a vacation of sexual awakening to the choices that individuals made during WWII.

I was utterly rivetted by all three of these films when I saw them. Murmur of the Heart is about a boy and his mother, who have gone on vacation alone in the South of France. He is an intelligent if callow mama's boy and his mother, who is an extraordinary though aging beauty, is seeking something she can never quite grasp in her many extra-marital affairs. There is an aching sexual tension between them, a source of the kinds of secrets that take years to resolve on a psychiatrst's couch. It is a genuine masterpiece sure to generate controversy.

Lacombe Lucian is about a chamelion-like man who becomes a collaborator after being rejected by the French resistence (I reveal nothing here). It is about how sleaze, in the wrong circumstances, can flower into the greatest evil. Though it is the weakest of the bunch, it is still a 5-star piece of work.

The third film, Au Revoir les Enfants, is a poignant film about a friendship that grows across a cultural divide, jew v. catholic. The setting is a boarding school during the war, and the jewish boy is a fugitive from the German occupiers, who would send him to a concentration camp in an instant. Slowly, we watch the tension and fear grow, along with the love between the two boys, one of whom is playing with power in the most childish ways. I wept at the end of the film.

If anything could convince us capitalists (and I am one) that the "market" (i.e. Hollywood) does not always result in "optimal" results (i.e.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three of my favorite films finally on DVD! March 19, 2006
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I wrote a review of this release earlier, but it seems to have disappeared. Fortunately, these wonderful films have not. They've been among my favorites of all time for decades. "Murmur" is probably the best "coming of age" film ever made. It has everything from philosophical angst in the midst of petty shoplifting to, well, something no other "coming of age" film has. But despite the controversial nature of that part of the movie, this film was something of a sensation even when it played in the Midwest in the early '70s. It's funny as hell, but it is also very wise and in the best traditions of French films about life and love, including particularly family life. It will have you laughing and crying.

I don't think "Lucien" ever made it to VHS. It's also "coming of age" but in a different way. It's especially timely in these days of young kids getting caught up in military service

that they do not completely understand. Like "Au Revoir", it's set in the WWII period, whereas "Murmur" is set in the '50s.

"Au Revoir" is another great film with a different "coming of age" theme, like "Murmur" involving friendship and family and like "Lucien", also about choices. This is one of the most beautiful movies about friendship ever made. There are several scenes that will have you transfixed, including some, like the Charlie Chaplin excerpts, that are included in extras.

I haven't seen the extras yet, but as soon as I heard about this release, I pre-ordered it. These are sensational stories and unforgettable characters. Malle made a lot of films, but these are his best by far, and most of the critics, including the crankiest, agree that they have stood the test of time and are now classics of the cinema.

I waited back in the '80s to get these movies on VHS. I was pleased to give my VHS copies of "Murmur" and "Au Revoir"

to a friend as soon as I got my DVD set.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life's rich pageant May 14, 2006
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The Malle box set contains "Murmur of the Heart" (1971), "Lacombe, Lucien" (1974) and his triumph "Au Revoir Les Enfants" (1987) -- all remarkable films set in France. They are in color, with Criterion's usual first-rate transfers (widescreen, enhanced). These films, taken as a trilogy, argue for Malle's inclusion as one of the great directors of the century's second half. They are humanistic works -- uplifting in many places and deeply sad in others. The performances Malle gets from his players are uniformly rich.

Descriptions of "Murmur" usually begin and end with the incest between the teen hero and his youthful mother, but most of the time the film serves up a comic, life-affirming look at growing up in 1950s France. Biographer Pierre Billard, who gives an excellent talk about Malle in the set's extra-features disc, says the French debate over the incest scene quickly morphed into a larger debate over censorship. Malle, he says, "courted scandal."

"Lacombe, Lucien" also brought controversy. The story of a brutish French teenage who joins occupying Germans in hunting down resistance fighters was condemned as soft on collaborators. Malle, who loved documentaries, employed a distanced, non-judgmental tone that acknowledged the humanity of the blood-simple turncoat.

Malle moved to the United States in the late '70s, creating some notable English-language films ("Atlantic City," "Pretty Baby") and some bombs ("Crackers"). His late '80s homecoming inspired more criticism. Malle's years in the States had alienated his countrymen. "They still haven't forgiven him for that," says Candice Bergen, who gives an otherwise upbeat talk about her late husband on the DVD. "It's horrible." (Malle died in 1995, in Los Angeles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of three Louis Malle films: Au Revoir les Enfants; Murmur of...
This box set contains three movies, two of which are excellent. Au Revoir Les Enfants and Murmur of the Heart are both excellent. Au Revoir... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Kao
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT AND CLASSIC BOXSET.
PERFECT AND CLASSIC BOXSET. I GUESS BUYING THIS WILL TRULY BE AN HONOR TO SOMEONE WHO LOVES FILMS AND COLLECTING THEM.
Published 18 months ago by HAN XIAO
5.0 out of 5 stars Knockout punch of brilliance...
Having already reviewed these three films individually (all five star reviews and easily make the top ten's in their respective years), I decided to go ahead and review this... Read more
Published on December 2, 2010 by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Reviews Say More About the Reviewer Than The Movie Being...
First, let me say that I greatly respect and appreciate many of the reviewer comments for this collection of three movies by Louis Malle. Read more
Published on November 3, 2010 by Jay Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Au Revoir Les Enfants: sad and beautiful
This movie centers around the WWII time-frame, in the French countryside, at a boys school. This school also took in or "hid" certain Jewish boys away from the Nazi's who occupied... Read more
Published on September 13, 2009 by Fuzzy Wuzzy
3.0 out of 5 stars Au Revoir Les Enfants
In 1987, Louis Malle, after a run of American produced films that worked (My Dinner With Andre, Atlantic City) and failed (Pretty Baby, Crackers), decided to return to his roots... Read more
Published on September 7, 2008 by Cosmoetica
5.0 out of 5 stars Au Revoir Les Enfants
Director Malle's masterpiece is a subtly drawn, wrenching tale of childhood innocence lost to the madness of war. Read more
Published on July 6, 2007 by John Farr
3.0 out of 5 stars Too low key and bland for my tastes.
I bought this set primarily because I liked Elevator to the Gallows, directed by Louis Malle who also dircted the three films discussed here. Read more
Published on December 3, 2006 by Lord of Dance
5.0 out of 5 stars Louis Malle collection -- get it today!
A compelling collection of Malle's work with good transfers to DVD and some excellent reviews of the movies themselves. Definitely worth while if you like his work.
Published on August 19, 2006 by Greg S. Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Fine
Louis Malle was perhaps, the quietest, the most meditative, and yet also the most overtly political of the French New Wave filmmakers. Read more
Published on July 4, 2006 by Steiner
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