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Louis Malle Collection - Vol. 2 [ English subtitles ] [DVD]

Harriet Walter , Michel Piccoli , Louis Malle    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harriet Walter, Michel Piccoli, Irene Jacobs, Joe Dalessandro, Michael Londsale
  • Directors: Louis Malle
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 31 July 2006
  • Run Time: 566 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS9ONQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,426 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A collection of five films from celebrated 'nouvelle vague' French director Louis Malle. 'Black Moon' (1975) is a surreal allegorical adventure tale starring Cathryn Harrison as Lily, a young girl who finds herself in a strange Wonderlandesque world full of odd characters after travelling down a lonely road. 'Milou en Mai' (1990) offers a bleak view of the collapse of one family and their country during February 1968, when the family meet at the funeral of Milou's mother. The provincial country house becomes the site of a family in conflict as disputes rage both in the country and at home until the family are forced to flee to the hills in search of shelter. The wartime drama 'Lacombe Lucien' (1974) was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar and picked up the Best Film award at the BAFTAs. A young French peasant (Pierre Blaise) sees a chance for social advancement by joining the Gestapo during the French Occupation. However, his position is placed under threat when he begins a relationship with the daughter of a Jewish tailor - a liaison that could have disastrous repercussions for them both. 'Le Souffle Au Coeur' (1971) is an exploration of adolescence and sexual longing. Laurent (Ferreux) is a precocious 15-year-old living in the 1950s, growing up in a boisterous loving family. He travels with his mother to a fashionable spa town so that he can recuperate from a heart murmur. Motherly love transforms into sexual longing in this film, which explores the thin line of love between mother and son. The film boasts a soundtrack by the legendary Charlie Parker. Malle's semi-autobiographical wartime drama 'Au Revoir Les Enfants' is set during the Nazi occupation of France. Young teen Jean (Raphael Fetjo) is transferred to a Catholic boarding school. Classmate Julien (Gaspard Manesse) strikes up a friendship with him, and discovers that Jean is in fact Jewish, one of three boys being offered a safe haven by the headmaster. However, when a Gestapo officer arrives at the school, it seems that their cover has been blown. The film won the Best Film prize at Venice in 1987.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic collection from a great director... 29 Aug 2006
By Colin C
Louis Malle's filmography includes several masterpieces - and three candidates for that sort of praise are included here - Au Revoir Les Enfants, Lacombe Lucien and Le Souffle au Coeur. Personally I would only class the first of these, about a young boy experiencing the effects of the second world war while at school, as a great film, although the other two have their supporters too.

Lacombe Lucien is an unsettling story, again about a young boy, which deals with the impossible individual choices made during the Nazi occupation of France, and Le Souffle au Coeur is a drama about incest which caused controvesry at the time of its release in 1971 but seems quite old fashioned now; in fact, it's a subtle and interesting film.

The set is completed by Milou en Mai, a pleasant enough country house comedy drama, and Black Moon, which is so odd that it defies description. Together, these five films are varied but always watchable, complement the Malle vol.1 boxed set (of his earlier work) well, and form a worthy addition to any serious DVD collection. Useful little introductions to each film are included as extras in the set.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible value for money again! 26 Jun 2008
By MarkusG
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I bought this set together with vol 1. For the price of one Criterion you get five Malle films with good transfer! The only minor minus is the non-optional (english) subtitles and the limited extra material. Buy it now before it is too late!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best boxed sets ever 31 Jan 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
This box must be seen as superb value containing, as it does, three masterpieces. Malle is possibly the greatest director of all, for me, if one takes as the criterion for judgment how much of life you can get into a film while also giving the viewer a fully achieved aesthetic experience. People sometimes criticise him for not having the distinctive note of other directors of the nouvelle vague, but surely the truth is that his chameleon-like ability to change his style to suit the particular film is a great virtue, and there is an underlying aesthetic in any case. His attention to recreating the period in which his films are set is a key feature, as is his openness to sexuality and a refusal to judge characters, trying to understand what leads people to do things rather than making black-and-white pronouncements. It is this that makes 'Lacombe Lucien' such a great film, if in many ways a very uncomfortable one. You feel that Malle has assumed the responsibility of dealing with this theme and done it brilliantly, and it doesn't seem exaggerated to say cinema is enobled by what he has achieved and what a remarkably objective statement he is making about those events. The tone of 'Au Revoir Les Enfants' is softer but also, of necessity, devastating in the final scene. Both films show a restraint that only enhances their power. 'Milou en mai' I find less memorable, although it is also very skilful in its evocation of time and place, while 'Black Moon' is bizarre but provides a welcome role for the wonderful Joe Dallesandro and Therese Giehse, also memorable in 'Lacombe Lucien', for whom the director had a great admiration. The film I like best in this box is 'Le souffle au coeur', full of tenderness and rebarbative edges, like adolescence itself, and yet fully life-affirming in that final dissolve into laughter, as if to say, some things can happen and not be worried about, they can be taken as part of one's experience even if it is better not to repeat them ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Louis Malle is my favourite French director..... 25 Mar 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
I actually think that this is a better set than Malle's Collection vol. 1. Why?

Well, for a start, it has five films rather than four. And, I feel they're better ones! Vol 1., naturally features his early work whilst this one shows him at his seasoned best.

Less significantly, the yellow background colour makes the black writing on it far more legible than the darkish blue of that one does. Now to the films:

AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (1987) is a touching, semi-autobiographical tale of two 12 year old boys in Nazi occupied France and why they're treated so very differently. As a winner of the Golden Lion award at Venice Film Festival it's considered one of Malle's finest.

BLACK MOON (1974) was Malle's first English language film and is like a weird early Doctor Who but stranger and with enigmatic symbolisms. A curio for sure but certainly worth trying.

LACOMBE, LUCIEN (1974) was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign film and won a BAFTA best film. It's a tragic tale as a boy is rejected for the French Resistance and joins the Gestapo instead. Described by critics as his most ambitious and provocative picture, it caused some vilification on release.

LE SOUFFLE AU COEUR (1971) had Malle Oscar nominated, this time as screenwriter and is an observant and witty observations on middle class adolescence. With an 18 certificate, it's provocative and adult-themed, too.

MILOU EN MAI (1989) remains one of my favourite of all Malle's. More than a gentle countryside drama, this has wit, social comment and frivolity all loosely wrapped up in the setting of a preparation for a funeral.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very eclectic, very rich, very French ! 20 Jan 2008
By Claude
I bought this DVD first and because I was so impressed, I went on to buy Volume 1.
I must say, I prefer this one of the two, although volume 1 is also good, but for quite different reasons. The content of volume two is very varied, quintessentially French, and always extremely interesting. I like all of the films, each for perhaps different reasons.
Black Moon is a fascinating fantasy.
What is it about ?
Perhaps it is a little up to the viewer, rather as when one looks at an abstract painting !?
It is slightly quirky and very 1970's in it's content. I think to me it is saying something of the time in which it is made. We are at the crossroads, society is fragmenting, division is in the ascendent. What is happening is confusing and illogical [events don't necessarily always immediately make sense in real life !] and Lily [the main character] struggles to make sense of it all. It is set in the French countryside, there is conflict, exotic animals from all over the world appear, some friendly, some menacing. Naked children herd the local sheep.
A thread of Wagner's 'Tristan & Isolde' runs through the film -- Tristan & Isolde is a myth telling of death dealing Eros, of the breaking of the marriage bond, and DESTRUCTIVE PASSION. Such passion, as a sickness unto death, destroys those who succumb to it, body and soul ! -- could Louis Malle be comparing Wagner's theme to what is going on in the 1970's ?
Change, uncertainty, and confusion sit well together.
I like this film, and everytime I look at it I see something new.
I am surely projecting my own thoughts onto it, but then, that's life !
'Lacombe Lucien' is I feel, one of the best films about the war in europe and the nazi era.
It is realistic, tragic, and very human.
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