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Blanche (Blu-ray + DVD)


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  • Actors: Michel Simon, Georges Wilson, Jacques Perrin
  • Directors: Walerian Borowczyk
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Academy
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sept. 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LCLG37U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,478 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of the greatest of all medieval films, not least for its utterly distinctive realisation of a recognisable yet alien world, Walerian Borowczyk s third feature was widely hailed as a masterpiece from the moment it first appeared and is still regarded as one of his greatest films.

Based on Juliusz S owacki s 19th-century play Mazepa but relocated to 13th-century France, Blanche tells the story of the beautiful young wife (Ligia Branice) of a nobleman many decades older (French acting legend Michel Simon). As innocent as her name suggests, Blanche becomes the unwilling centre of attention in a power struggle between her husband, the visiting King and his page, the latter a notorious womaniser. Its unique visual style resembles a medieval fresco, and its period-instruments soundtrack, adapting the ancient Carmina Burana song book, was years ahead of its time.

Blanche is presented in a brand new high-definition restoration from original 35mm elements.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts
  • Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles where necessary
  • Introduction by Schalcken the Painter director Leslie Megahey
  • Ballad of Imprisonment, a documentary about the film featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte
  • Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly edited archival interview in which Borowczyk discusses painting, cinema and sex
  • Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original poster designs
  • Collector s booklet

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. R. Birkhead on 14 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
**THIS REVIEW IS BY FILM CRITIC FABRIZO FOGLIATO WHICH I HAVE TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN. WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS!!**

Blanche (1971) is the third feature film directed by Walerian Borowczyk after Theatre de Monsieur et Madame Kabal (The theatre of Mr. and Mrs. Kabal, 1967) and Goto, l'île d 'amour (Goto, Island of Love, 1968). Just prior to this feature, the Borowczyk directs The Phonographe (1969) a ten minute short with animated drawings, in which he retrieves and reanimates the re-enactment of a past linked to present culture. Inanimate objects are charged with as much emotional energy and sensitivity as the living: the phonograph becomes the elected paradigm character according to Borowczyk. The same unique prerogative or modus operandi is also at work in Blanche, Borowczyk's first color film. The narrative is represented by a continuous and persistent exaltation of detail, which aims to transform the inanimate object into a kind of fetish necessary to animate and realise the subtle mise en scene in which actors operate : the Borowczyk objective here is to give life to what is "dead", by representing such things as a sort of emotional extension of characters that with the continuation of the film's story, these dead things accumulate more living elements, so to speak.

Blanche was inspired by Mazepa Julius Slowacki's literary work and is typical in its Polish romanticism, in which the representation of an era, the depiction of a "poetic" past and the suggestions of art and nature go hand in hand with the description of aspects of the past as authentic as fantastic: the world of Mazepa is full of dreamlike and spiritual aspects, combined with the representation of a violent and bloody tragedy which harks back to heroic chivalry.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cassie on 18 Nov. 2010
Format: VHS Tape
A very entertaining tragic love story set in medieval France . Beautiful, virtuous wife married to an aged husband is persued by three men , a king , his page and her son in law! There are sword fights , people being walled up and all kinds of intriques.Great shame it is not on DVD.
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Format: DVD
A curiously 2-dimensional film where all the internal shots of the castle are almost like a stage in a theatre where the characters appear, perform and leave but that somehow seems to fit the medieval context perfectly. Don't expect a Hollywood blockbuster because you wont get one and it was surprisingly pleasant not to have a single special effect. It is almost like something you might expect to see at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The medieval music and dancing in the early scenes totally accurate and interestingly informative. But what of the story? It's a simple tale of morality told in a simple way but curiously entertaining nonetheless. Pantomime? Farce? Documentary? Romance? Well yes, it's a bit of all of them. Well worth the watch
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Having waited many years for this to be made available fort the UK I was not disappointed. The early medieval music and the scenery are quite stunning.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MiniAnni on 28 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
Was thoroughly bored watching this slow plodding film. I thought the acting was poor and the whole film was drawn out. Wouldn't recommend it.
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