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Le grand Meaulnes [Original French Version, No English] REGION 2


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  • Language: French
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O76BSY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By amantedofado on 2 April 2013
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The 1967 version by Jean-Gabriel Albicocco is by far superior to this. It is a perfect realization in film of Alain-Fournier's masterpiece. I have wept every time I've seen it, and I'm not that emotional about films. The scene near the end where Meaulnes carries Yvonne's body down the stairs is the most heartbreaking scene in film history. This later version is well enough filmed, but it messes with the plot to an unforgivable degree. If you like Clémence Poésy (and I certainly do), it's worth seeing for her face and performance alone. She is the best thing in it, mainly because she is such a perfect successor to Brigitte Fossey, who played Yvonne de Galais in the 1967 film. The original film shown in the UK (where it did the rounds of art cinemas for years) had sub-titles, but these do not appear on the DVD. When will someone bring back in that form?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Sievert on 3 April 2015
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Film and literature have a long relationship, if one hundred years in the life of cinema can be said to be long. But it's a strained relationship based on inherent incompatibility. Dialogue or narration in film is subordinate to what we see. We hear the words and understand what they mean but only in the context of the visual. Take away the images and film disappears. Thus, the story is always told by what is seen.

Literature is different. It's more like music. You hear and feel the language, its cadences and echoes, its rhythms and beat. You sing with it as it sings to you. Your heart swells and the music carries you along. In some sense you even sing the story into existence, actively creating the world the author describes to you, your imagination a sort of church choir rattling the rafters. Film is much more passive. Probably you are attentive as you sit back with the popcorn and watch. But there are no pages to turn. This makes you a passive participant.

It was never going to be easy to transfer The Lost Domain (Le Grand Meaulnes) from the pages of Alain-Fournier's celebrated novel to the flickering light seen through celluloid. Film can be sensitive and delicate too, but not in the ways that language is. Given this, the book (first published in 1913) exists in the shadows of the film. There is poetry in the film, or poetic ways of expressing feeling, but language is secondary to what we see. The film is also French, so of course the images are beautiful (a general statement that often rings true). We see a village, a simple schoolhouse, forests, a river, a chateau. The world is green and blue, sketched in by the land and sky. The world is also young or seems so, as we see it through the eyes of the youth in the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Aug. 2013
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The original was far better and it is disgraceful that it is now impossible to get hold of a copy.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Llewellyn on 22 Feb. 2012
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I studied this work in French for my A Levels some 40 years ago and remembered the book with great affection. The film is good and evocative but, to my mind, the characters fail to fit in with how I imagined them to be when reading the book.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Missed change 17 Nov. 2007
By Pat from Europe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Unfortunately this is not a good movie. Crucial events of one of my favorite books are not found in the movie. With giant steps the director walks through the story, Alain Fournier's popular Le Grand Meaulnes. Camerawork is ok. Acting not bad. It's nice to see France in 1910. But director Verhaeghe should take the time to tell the story of Augustin Meaulnes, his strange adventure, mystery of the lost castle, the story of the gypsy and so on.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not the original. Darn! 4 Jun. 2011
By old rose - Published on Amazon.com
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In my youth this was one of my favorite movies. The party scene in the original was absolutely enchanting. This version altogether lacked the magic and exacting beauty of the original.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Look for the 1967 version! 18 Jun. 2011
By Marjorie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I was happy when this showed up on my French TV channel, TV Cinq Monde. I assumed it was the 1967 classic. But no. This 2006 film is not awful, exactly, but it is pedestrian and conveys NOTHING of the enchantment of the book, which was caught so well in the '67 version.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
So good! 9 Feb. 2013
By Sarah MacDonald - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this film as a fan of Jean-Baptiste Maunier, and it was completely worth it. Though he is not the protagonist, the movie was an excellent buy. It has an engaging plot and characters, including Clémence Poésy in the cast.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 11 Feb. 2013
By P. F. Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read the book a dozen times over the years, I was very disappointed. the film had none of the charm of the novel.
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