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Gerard Depardieu (Screen Icons) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Denise Gence, Marco Perrin, Jean Carmet
  • Directors: Bertrand Blier, Gerard Lauzier, Alain Corneau, Yves Angelo
  • Producers: Alain Sarde, Jean-Louis Livi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Run Time: 414 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ3VQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,841 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Four films starring the acclaimed French actor, Gerard Depardieu. In 'Buffet Froid' (1979), unemployed loner Alphonse Tram (Depardieu) becomes the prime suspect in a serial killing investigation after his knife is found sticking out of a body on the Metro. As the net closes around him and the bodycount escalates, he goes on the run with a couple of unlikely allies: the ageing police inspector who lives upstairs, and a depressive who has murdered his wife. In 'Mon Pere ce Heros' (1991), Depardieu stars as Andre, an estranged father who takes his teenage daughter Veronique (Marie Gillain) away on holiday. While they are away, Veronique begins to act strangely and, by spying on her, Andre finds that she is experiencing her first love and has created a convoluted story in which she has cast Andre as her much older lover. 'Tout les Matins du Monde' (1991) is based on the lives of two 17th century composers, Sainte Colombe and Marin Marais. The old Marais (Depardieu) looks back on his apprenticeship with Sainte Colombe (Jean-Pierre Marielle). Conflict arises between them when Marais (Guillaume Depardieu) leaves for the Grand Siecle Royal Court. Finally, in 'Le Colonel Chabert' (1994), when Colonel Chabert (Depardieu) returns from the Napoleonic wars after being presumed dead for over ten years, he finds a society that no longer stands for the values that he holds dear. After a money-spinning plan set up by a lawyer and the Colonel's former wife, the Colonel loses all faith in the society and turns to a simple life.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Giorginetto on 7 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
Most certainly this is good value for money to say the least. Apart from being a collection of memorable french movies with G. Depardieu this dvd is well made and the screen and sound quality are of high standards. If you like french cinema, this is a very good collection bearing in mind that Colonel chabert is not available as a single entity anywhere else. Without going into details about this or other movies, Chabert is in my opinion the best one and the scenes of the frozen planes of Russia where the Napoleonic army is annihilated is a true masterpiece of cinema having a visual and emotional impact to a viewer equal to -for example- the beach head at Omaha Beach of the ' Saving Pvt Ryan movie'. Unmissable , seems like the other movies which are also very good and available elsewhere are 'bonus material'.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jan 2014
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Four faces from the epic canvas that is the career of wayward French actor, Gerard Depardieu. A mere four, but what a quartet and a cost effective way of getting hold of Tous les matins du monde, the beguiling portrait of musical life in 17th century France, Depardieu in tandem with his own son (now deceased). Then there is the superb contest with Fanny Ardent in Le Colonel Chabert (1994), a sort of Martin Guerre without felicity and as rich a historical drama (the Napoleonic era) as you could wish recreated on screen. Superlative use of music, once again. On the other side, two comedies: Buffet Froid (1979), a cheerfully bizarre and macabre comedy noir, Depardieu playing alongside writer/director Bertrand Blier and Jean Carmet as clowns held together by metropolitan disquiet. Until there are none. And then, Mon pere ce heros (1991), Depardieu at his most lovable, almost falling in love with his beloved daughter on holiday as he prepares to let her grow up. The US remake is good too, but the French has a particular charm and warmth.

How one other could write that these were boring films, I guess, can only point to one out of faith with French cinema, which can admittedly be exasperating. But not here, not now...
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A wonderful box set containing four of Depardieu's greatest works, not having time or space to review all four, I will concentrate on Le Colonel Chabert, which I consider to be his finest hour.

Colonel Chabert (Gerard Depardieu), one of Napoleon's greatest officers is declared dead following the battle of Eylau in 1807. But Chabert is not dead-he survives a severe head wound and after suffering great hardships, he returns to Paris years later only to discover that he has been declared dead, and his wife (Fanny Ardant) is remarried to Count Ferraud (Andre Dussollier). Chabert, now in poor health and suffering from memory loss, has lost his wife, his social status, and his fortune amassed under Napoleon.

Chabert seeks legal recompense through the services of the brilliant lawyer, Derville (Fabrice Luchini), but what exactly does Chabert hope to regain? His wife is married to another, his military past, in a France now ruled by the Bourbons, is an embarrassment, and his fortune has disappeared, and only the enigmatic Countess Ferraud holds the key to the missing fortune.

The film, Colonel Chabert is based on the book by Balzac, and as any Balzac fan knows, no other writer delved so intensely into the intricacy of the human soul-Balzac is fascinated with motivation-what drives us to commit illogical or destructive acts. Colonel Chabert is the story of a man who survives numerous atrocities only to discover that everything he longed to return to has simply vanished-even he is a ghost.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 May 2011
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Bought this as a present for daughter who is learning french & likes foreign films. Good films. If you find watching films with subtitles ok (or you speak french) then these are a real treat compared to the pulp films regurgitated by Hollywood.
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I love Gerard Depardieu and this collection is just fantastic. 'Mon Pere ce Heros' had me in stitches, a terrible teenage daughter and bemused father sort it all out on a Caribbean holiday. 'Tout les Matins du Monde' is beautifully filmed, the storyline is deep and gentle and so thought provoking. Set during the reign of Louis XIV is a sublime movie experience. 'Le Colonel Chabert' another amazing story, this time about a man who returns to Paris after literally digging himself out of his own grave (after fighting with Napoleon) to find his wife has gone off and married someone else and has liquidated his fortune. There's the revenge - then there's the man... only the French can tell it this way. Oops, still haven't watched 'Buffet Froid'.
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Gerard is wonderful in all of these films, they are to be enjoyed and watched several times, easy viewing/ reading especially for French cinema fans, enjoy them, he's brilliant.
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