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Les Enfants Terribles [1950] [DVD]

Nicole Stéphane , Edouard Dermithe , Jean-Pierre Melville    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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Product Description

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES
A film by Jean-Pierre Melville
From the novel by Jean Cocteau

In this compelling tale of incestuous obsession, teenage brother and sister Paul and Elisabeth live 'like two limbs of a single body' inside their untidy shared bedroom. Within the room, they live, sleep, argue and play out their erotically charged games without heed to the real world going on around them. However, when outsiders intrude into their intensely private realm, the scene is set for tragedy.

A relatively unknown filmmaker at the time, Melville had impressed Cocteau with his striking first feature, the Occupation drama Le Silence de la mer (1947), and here he brings a cool, lucid eye to Jean Cocteau s claustrophobic, hothouse novel. Les Enfants terribles is evidence of the tension between these two dramatically different filmmakers, yet together they have created a hauntingly atmospheric film.

Spawning several imitations and most recently an inspiration for Bertolucci's The Dreamers (2003), Les Enfants terribles is dominated by a performance of fierce intensity by Nicole Stéphane as the scheming heroine Elisabeth, and music by Bach and Vivaldi forms the film's provocative, impassioned score.

DVD extras

  • Feature commentary by novelist and critic Gilbert Adair
  • Interview with actress Nicole Stéphane
  • Original poster
  • Director, writer and cast biographies
  • France | 1950 | black & white | French language with English subtitles | 102 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

Review

'One of the most vibrantly cinematic pictures of the post-war years' --The Observer
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