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André Téchiné 4-Film Collector's Edition (Hôtel des Amériques / J'embrasse pas / My Favorite Season / Wild Reeds) [DVD]

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The exceptional work of this visionary French director is spotlighted here in a defining four-film collection from The Director's Series." Includes Wild Reeds (Elodi-ÝBouchez. 1994/110 min.), My Favorite Season (Catherine Deneuve. 1993/122 min.), I Don't Kiss (Philippe Noiret. 1991/115 min.) and Hotel America (Catherine Deneuve. 1981/95 min.). 4 DVDs. Color/NR/widescreen.

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  • Actors: Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil
  • Directors: André Téchiné
  • Writers: Jacques Nolot, André Téchiné, Gilles Taurand, Isabelle Coudrier-Kleist, Michel Grisolia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 452 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00192QJQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Here's hoping Lionsgate produces and releases a collection of films starring another French legend -
Michele Morgan.
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PLEASE READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!! I've tried to order this set 4-5 times in the last few months both from Amazon and third party sellers/new and used and each time I received sets containing two disc#2's and no disc#1.There's a bad run of this thing out there and no one is checking on this.Be sure to contact a seller and ask specifically if disc#1 is PRESENT in the set before attempting to make a purchase.
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After I couldn't get through to the amazon site (my ISP had connection problems), I purchased the C.D. set locally and have already watched most of it. The transfer to DVD is really good, with rich color and crystal-clear images. Although most of the footage is English-subtitled, I had no problem enjoying what I have watched of the five movies. Nice packaging, too!
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Foreign films seem to be few and far between because of limited distribution and we have companies like Lionsgate who have acquired the negatives and rights of some great rare gems. This collection not only highlights the talent and beauty of Catherine Deneuve but also gives us a great insight on basic French filmmaking. With a diverse series of titles, this collection shows how Deneuve could light up the screen in every thing she was in. This set is represented by comedy: Director Jean Paul Rappeneau's 'LE SAUVAGE'-1975 starring Yves Montand playing Cary Grant to Denueve's Katherine Hepburn character with a cameo appearance by American actress Dana Wynter, Swinging Sixties Op Art utilizing the Manon Lascout legend and upgrading it to a sexy affair in Director Jean Aurel's 'MANON 70'- 1968 also cameoing another American actor Robert Webber and gorgeous color photography by Edmond Richard, Crime thrillers such as Director Robin Davis's underrated 'LE CHOC'- 1982 with a great performance by Alain Delon playing an assassin wanting to quit the business, Psychological pot boilers such as Director Andre Techine's off beat 'HOTEL DES AMERIQUES'- 1981, and lastly Epic films as in Director Alain Corneau's three hour opus 'FORT SAGANNE'- 1984 where Catherine is reduced to a 20 minute cameo and giving another shattering beauty Sophie Marceau in an early performance much more screen time sharing things with actors Gerard Depardieu and Philippe Noiret. They also boast great music scores by France's lead composers Michel Legrand for 'LE SAUVAGE' and Philippe Sarde who does 'LE CHOC' , 'HOTEL DES AMERIQUES' and the magnificent score to 'FORT SAGANNE'. Each film is presented in its original aspect ratio in French with English Subtitles but no extras. Kudos to Lionsgate for resurrecting these fine titles for American audiences and showing the rare beauty of an exceptional woman.
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The five motion pictures in this collection are Manon 70, Le Sauvage, Hotel des Ameriques, Le Choc, and Fort Saganne. The best is probably Le Choc, co-starring Alain Delon as a hired killer anxious to retire; his performance rivals that of Deneuve. Le Sauvage is a romantic comedy, which Deneuve does quite well, helped by the superb acting ability of Yves Montand. Gerard Depardieu co-stars in Fort Saganne, and his acting ability certainly helps the realism of this picture. The other two are somewhat lesser in quality, but interesting in that they reflect the odd mores of the French from 1968 to 1981. I enjoyed them all, but Le Choc is definitely my favorite among the five. In any case, five Deneuve movies for such a low price is certainly a bargain.
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The only Techiné film I've seen before is "Wild Reeds". I've been trying to buy it on DVD, which proved either virtually impossible or cripplingly expensive. Then I saw the listing for this compilation, which was not only cheaper than other copies of the film, but contained four films in total!

In addition to giving a broad idea of Techiné's career, the collection allows one to see the wonderful Catherine Deneuve twice (in "Hotel America" and "My favourite season"), as well as other familiar French actors, like Daniel Auteuil ("My favourite season") and Philippe Noiret ("I don't kiss").

"Hotel America" shows how obsessive love can construct and destruct lives. As the film is understated in the European way, it is useful to see it more than once to begin sensing the attraction of the protagonists to each other.

"I don't kiss" portrays the life journey of a young man who has fallen out with his family and works hard to rebuild his life in the seedy underworld of Paris. The young Marcel Blanc was awarded a César as Most Promising Actor for his role.

In "My favourite season" an estranged brother and sister (Auteuil and Deneuve) have to decide what is best for their ageing mother. The subtle complexities and interplay of interpersonal relationships are wonderfully depicted.

"Wild reeds" is often regarded as Techiné's masterpiece, and the intricate complications of young people coming of age, especially within a difficult period of French history (the years just before Algeria's independence), make this tale particularly enjoyable. Interesting to see the young Gael Morel as an actor - he became a strong director in his own right, making searing and violent films like "The Clan".
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