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Catherine Deneuve Collection (Version française) [Import]

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  • Actors: Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Yves Montand, Luigi Vannucchi, Tony Roberts
  • Directors: Alain Delon, Alain Corneau, André Téchiné, Jean Aurel, Jean-Paul Rappeneau
  • Writers: Alain Corneau, Abbé Prévost
  • Format: Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: June 10 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0016MLILG
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Product Description

Genre: Foreign Film - French
Rating: UN
Release Date: 10-JUN-2008
Media Type: DVD

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By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 13 2010
Format: DVD
For fans of Catherine Deneuve (who is in her gorgeous prime) or lovers of French Cinema these 5 films may be of interest, but unfortunately they don't bear repeating. In Manon 70 she flip-flops between men, trying to decide between love and money - it's all fairly ineffective, except for an almost expected twist ending (2 1/2 stars). Le Choc is more intriguing and co-stars Alain Delon as a retiring hit-man, who not surprisingly seduces the wife (Deneuve) of a disgruntled farmer (3 stars). Le Sauvage is a farcical comedy, where a kooky Deneuve (fleeing from both a crazed fiancé and angry business associate) involves seeming opposite, Yves Montand. (nice scenery - 3 stars) Hotel Des Ameriques is the unnecessary story of a dismal relationship between two forgettable characters (1 1/2 stars). Fort Saganne is a period war epic (French Sahara) starring Gerard Depardieu, and since Deneuve's appearance is minimal, the film's inclusion in this set is surprising. Of the 3 hr. epic, she appears in a couple of scenes in Part II only (as a Depardieu love interest) with less than 15 min. total screen time. The film itself has some great settings and scenery but is too long and could have used better direction (2 1/2 stars). Unfortunately there is no bonus dvd material, and though there are a couple of worthwhile films here, overall the set is questionable - maybe wait for a really good sale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good movies. It is the only place to find ... Oct. 20 2016
By Richard Stevenson - Published on
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Mostly good movies. It is the only place to find Fort Saganne, a superb movie in French with subtitles starring Gerard Depardieu. Deneuve has a cameo appearance at the end.
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie Aug. 8 2016
By Sandra L Walker - Published on
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I'm completely satisfied with this order.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to a cinematic master Sept. 3 2009
By C. H. Walters - Published on
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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". His co-stars in "Wild reeds", Stephane Rideau and Elodie Bouchez, have made good careers for themselves and have later acted opposite each other for Morel. The film shows some scenes which most people would be able to identify with: unrequited love, the loss of a family member, attraction despite ideological differences, the tension before exam results are published. The scene with Serge(Rideau) and Francois (Morel) on the motorcycle is one that has haunted me for years now.

This collection is surely a solid introduction to Techiné's cinematic tales. Like the best directors he shows us stories that are familiar and strange at the same time, forcing us to identify, evaluate and grow.

The set is presented well, with the first two films on one DVD. The three discs are tightly packed in a container of the same size as an ordinary DVD holder.

A final tongue-in-cheek comment: I wonder when European movies, especially films from France, are going to reflect the new vogue of curtailing smoking. Has there ever been a French film with a main character who doesn't smoke?!
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deneuve in 5 wonderful transfers June 12 2008
By Victor Danemore - Published on
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Here's hoping Lionsgate produces and releases a collection of films starring another French legend -
Michele Morgan.
3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex Rules Aug. 24 2008
By Michael Kerjman - Published on
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A set of four movies:

-Hotel America
The beautiful Helene (Catherine Deneuve) works in a hospital as an anaesthesiologist. She accidentally hits Gilles (Patrick Dewaere) while driving her car.

The two of them go back and forth in a cat-and-mouse game until Helene tires of going nowhere and decides to leave for Paris.

Gille's attraction to a friend of him makes him rather dull than real.

-J'embrasse pas (I do not kiss)
Young, naive and innocent, Pierre (Manuel Blanc) has dreams of becoming an actor.

He gets a job as an orderly at a hospital and is further supported by an older woman (Helene Vincent), a nurse he has met there, in return for his sexual favours.

However, in his acting class, he quickly discovers that he is not overflowing with talent and becomes a full-time sex worker.

He has the poor judgement to fall in love with a high-class prostitute (Emmanuelle Bart) and earns the antagonism of her pimp.

Less dramatic than Mandragora or Twist, but to some extend similar to Scum in consequences for selling body while being straight.

-My Favourite Season
Family matriarch Berthe (Marthe Villalonga) is advancing in years and developing health problems, so she goes to live with her daughter Emilie (Catherine Deneuve).

When Christmas arrives, Emilie's troubled brother Antoine (Daniel Auteuil) arrives at the house for a visit. He and Emilie have not spoken since their father's funeral three years ago. Despite his attempts to maintain control, Antoine quickly comes into conflict with Bruno. Painful emotional realities from the past return and cause violent conclusions.

Incest motives.

-Wild Reeds
This is a nostalgic French coming-of-age drama set in a Provence deeply divided over the war for independence being waged against French colonialism in Algeria of 1962.

A class master is attracted to a former pupil-a soldier having arrived from Algeria for getting married and deserting from army, while at boarding school brother of him spent a night with a fellow school lad happened to be the best friend of a class master's daughter-young communist.

In addition, a daughter shared her favours with a pupil of the same class-a French-Algerian radical twenty-one y.o. man having his own plans on her gay beau, as a soldier was being killed in Algeria on his return and his young wife was looking at possibilities with his younger brother searching between partners in and out a school.

A really nice clever movie is more interesting than Summer Storm.