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Irma Vep (Essential Edition)

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Product Description

Hong Kong action diva Maggie Cheung (Ashes of Time Redux, In the Mood for Love) plays herself in Olivier Assayas' spiky satire of the French film industry. After seeing her in Johnny To's Heroic Trio, past-his-prime director René Vidal (New Wave legend Jean-Pierre Léaud) impetuously casts Cheung as the lead in his remake of the silent classic Les Vampires. Unable to speak a word of French, Cheung tries to navigate the disorganized production while clad in a head-to-toe rubber catsuit and receiving cryptic direction from Vidal. Things only get crazier as she juggles a lovesick bisexual costumer (Nathalie Richard), a gossipy executive's wife (Bulle Ogier) and the whole backbiting crew. With freewheeling shots choreographed to the strains of Sonic Youth and Luna, Irma Vep immerses the viewer into the heady desperation and l'amour fou of modern moviemaking. Zeitgeist Films celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a sparkling new DVD release of this supercool comic gem.

SPECIAL FEATURES
- 16:9 Anamorphic transfer, available for the first time in North America
- Audio commentary: a discussion with director Olivier Assayas and critic Jean-Michel Frodon
- 30 minutes of never before seen on-set footage, plus an additional audio essay by Assayas and Frodon
- "Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung" (1997), a short film by Assayas
- Black-and-white rushes of Cheung as Irma Vep on Parisian rooftops
- Original French theatrical trailer
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
- 16-page booklet with essays on Maggie Cheung and Les Vampires director Louis Feuillade by Assayas, and a new appreciation by critic Kent Jones

Review

"Four Stars! Cheung, slinking around the corridors of her hotel in her sheath of shiny black latex to the dissonant chords of Sonic Youth, is an instant icon of everything cool." --Ken Fox, TV Guide


Product details

  • Aspect Ratio : 1.66:1
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.16 Ounces
  • Item model number : ZEIT1109DVD
  • Director : Olivier Assayas
  • Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 39 minutes
  • Release date : December 9, 2008
  • Actors : Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard, Antoine Basler, Nathalie Boutefeu
  • Producers : Françoise Guglielmi, Georges Benayoun
  • Studio : Zeitgeist Films
  • ASIN : B001G0LC1E
  • Writers : Olivier Assayas
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
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