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The Jean-Jacques Beineix Collection: Betty Blue (1986)

Jean-Hugues Anglade , Claude Aufaure , Jean-Jacques Beineix  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Claude Aufaure, Louis Bellanti, Dominique Besnehard, Raoul Billerey
  • Directors: Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JCYSL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,230 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Jean-Jacques Beineix Collection: Betty Blue" on IMDb

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A shocking and offbeat story of two French lovers, Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) and Betty (Beatrice Dalle), who fall into a deeply erotic and all-encompassing relationship. Zorg is a simple repairman in his mid-thirties who lives a relatively dull life in a remote, weathered shack until he meets Betty, a sexy, mercurial younger woman who challenges his way of thinking and forces him to change his life. When Betty and Zorg are not having wild and uninhibited sex (and joyously traipsing around naked), Zorg is writing his novel, an unpublished masterwork that Betty discovers and vehemently champions. Betty, prone to violent fits of passionate rage, attacks Zorg's boss and burns their shack down, leaving Zorg no choice but to join her on a series of spirited adventures. They move in with Betty's best friend and her boyfriend and for a brief time live a happy bohemian lifestyle, wild and crazy in love. But as the film progresses, Betty's mental illness becomes more apparent, she lives in a fitful manic world of passionate highs and lows while Zorg desperately attempts to coddle and comfort her. Finally, the lovers start over in a dreamy rural town, hoping to live a normal life, but Betty's fantasy world encroaches on her reality as she slowly spirals out of control in this intense story of love and lust, based on the novel by Philippe Djian.

About the Director

Jean-Jacques Beineix started as an assistant director in France, before he directed his first short film. In 1981, he directed his first feature, Diva, a stylish thriller that became a word-of-mouth sensation eventually winning four Césars. He followed that with The Moon in the Gutter in 1983. Five years later, Betty Blue became an international cult sensation and was nominated for Best Foreign Film at both the Oscars and Golden Globes, and earned 9 César nominations. In the 90 s, Beineix turned towards more socially conscious subjects, directing two documentaries as well as taking up the paintbrush. He returned to feature filmmaking in 1992 with IP5, which was the last film for renowned actor, Yves Montand and also stars Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful, S.W.A.T.). Unlike many filmmakers, Beineix has kept the rights to his films while continuing to produce and direct films through his Paris-based company, Cargo Films.

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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two haunting performances say it all. January 29, 2005
By D. Mok
Format:DVD
Betty Blue is touted as an "erotic drama" by the distributor, a tag which sells the film grossly short. It certainly has frank depictions of sexuality and much nudity -- after all, this is a film that opens on a real-time extended sequence shot of two people having sex -- but to call this erotica is to miss the complete picture.

Betty Blue is an organic look at a troubled relationship in all its glory and ugliness, tenderness and violence, joys and sorrows, made possible by the director's sympathetic and unembarrassed eye, and the sheer dedication of lead actors Jean-Hugues Anglade and Beatrice Dalle. Seldom has a cinematic couple been better paired, and seldom with so much chemistry. Dalle conveys a world of psychological complexity in her face, her eyes seeming to shift with her inner beats. Dalle received the bulk of the attention for this, her breakthrough role, so it might be easy to overlook Jean-Hugues Anglade, a fantastic actor who's every bit as good as Gerard Depardieu, perhaps even half a notch above Jean Reno. In reality, he is the anchor for the film's wrenching emotional journey. When Zorg plays the piano theme for Betty, easily the loveliest scene in the film, Anglade's eyes seem to dance, and the actors say more with their looks during their moments together than all the sex scenes in the world. Thanks to the deft direction, all those nude scenes don't seem like titillation -- merely an illuminating fly-on-the-wall view into the relationship. This couple certainly seems like the type who would be comfortable being naked around each other, and those scenes create a sense of genuine intimacy, rather than intent to arouse.

If there's one thing this film does well, it is the mixture of comedic and tragic scenes which makes it seem such a complete picture.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'L' amour in All it's Tragedy and Beauty December 27, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
'Betty Blue', the movie that, as one reviewer put it,' sent shock waves rippling through arthouse cinemas everywhere' and introduced unforgettable 'Beatrice Dalle', a sort of modern day (though far wilder) 'Bardot', with an even more generous mouth. Who else but the French could pull off a film like this with such depth and style. An exploration of L'amour in all its beautiful and tragic complexities. Certainly to the faint hearted it may have seemed a little shocking. There is plenty of of full frontal nudity, both male and female (unlike the double standard in American cinema), and a very realistic sex scene to confront audiences in the very opening scene. But the erotica in this movie is really very natural with nothing perverse or kinky about it. It has an uninhibited earthiness about it that we have come to expect from French Movies. To others what may have seemed more shocking was the rather dark and depressing nature of the story, (if you haven't seen this movie don't go looking for a happy ending).
Director 'Jean-Jacques Beineix', in an article I read, said something like: that he dedicated this film to a generation of French Cinema watchers, who still believed in perfect love but knew it couldn't last. This indeed seems to be the underlying theme of the film, that young love and passion can't last, something has to kill it, you want to preserve it in time like a beautiful photograph or picture, before it withers or tarnishes. The sense of impending doom that hangs over Betty and Zorg's passionate and beautiful love affair, is present from the beginning.
The early part of the film is light and hopeful.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreakingly tragic film. January 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a heartbreakingly tragic film centred around Betty, (Beatrice Dalle) a beautiful but unstable young woman, whose instability - or madness - becomes progressively worse throughout the film. In the beginning we think she is just an admirablely rebellious and fiery person who is over-sensitive to slight and imagined insult. Later she is engulfed by these irrational and self-destructive bouts of hysteria for no perceptible reason. But this happens only occasionally; between times she behaves like a perfectly normal and happy person, as she has every reason to be. It is easy to become impatient with her. She keeps saying she has nothing to live for, that nothing she has ever done has worked out right, but how can this be when she is so much better off than so many millions of others, with beauty, two good friends and a good man who loves her to distraction despite everything? And she loves him in return.
Zorg (Jean-Hughes Anglalde) is an aspiring novelist with a novel in manuscript he has given up all hope of ever seeing published. But she believes in him and, using only two fingers, types out the manuscript with painful slowness, and, with an heroic persistence, continues sending it out to the publishers despite receiving a steady stream of rejection slips. And here-in lies the tragedy ; at the end of the film, when she is dead to the world and past caring, her efforts bear fruit and the manuscript is accepted. How happy knowing this would have made her. But too late.
We leave him alone in his kitchen about to start a new novel, a novel that she will never see, leading to a success and prosperity she will have no share in. My God isn't that sad? "What might have been." the saddest words in the English language.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars BETTY BLUE REVIEW
I saw Betty Blue on it's initial release back in '86. Luckily there was an art theater that did play independent and foreign films that the bigger corporate multi-plexs would never... Read more
Published 22 days ago by SLAPPYWAG1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie ,cheap quality video
Great movie,but it is all censored ,way different from the original ,,those movies are ok quality made in Thailand .
Published 1 month ago by frank Ever69
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, captivating film
Amazing, captivating film. Saw it when it was new - so glad to find it again. Very French in composition and content, which you will either love or hate. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Woodstock '69
1.0 out of 5 stars A DREARY CASE "L'AMOUR STUPID!"
Yes, there is that strangely compelling and sometimes intoxicating phenomenon we know as "l'amour fou." [A classic cinematic example is the film noir GUN CRAZY]. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RANDEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best films ever.
Saw this in the 80s and still revisit it often.
The extra hour of the director's cut may be a bit much for some. If so seek out the shorter 2 hour version.
Published 5 months ago by sam hill
4.0 out of 5 stars The 185 minute director's cut...
"Betty Blue" (1986) is directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva, Moon in the Gutter). This story about two young lovers, Zorg (Jean-Hughes Anglade) and Betty (Beatrice Dalle), comes... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Edmonson
1.0 out of 5 stars a soap opera or a movie
the movie was very slow and it was so boring,
i fastforward though it,
i would not recommend this movie to anyone
Published 6 months ago by sefriendlyguy
1.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled Brat is confused
Apart from an excellent initial erotic scene, the movie makes very litle sense, and no more eroticism. The term "unrated diredtors cut" is a come-on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bert F. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars No Blues, Great Story!
I love this movie. The inspirational and thought provoking acting. French prose is awesome. Life is the souls deepest search and struggle. Read more
Published 9 months ago by George Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars THE KOREAN IMPORT IS NOT THE DIRECTOR'S CUT but THE CENSOR'S CUT!
Five stars for the movie - ZERO STARS FOR THE CENSORSHIP!

I decided to give 5 stars only not to have this caution relegated to the end of the line and thus hidden from... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pierre Fassie
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