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The Tarnished Angels (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray)
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SYNOPSIS One of legendary director Douglas Sirk's most cherished passion projects, this spectacular adaptation of William Faulkner's Pylon has risen in stature to become one of his most acclaimed films. Reuniting with his core creative team from oil tycoon saga Written on the Wind, Sirk this time examined the marginal lives and lost souls living one rung from the bottom with surpassing delicacy and artistry.
Rock Hudson stars as journalist Burke Devlin, fascinated by the sordid lives of a trio eking out a living in carnival circuit daredevil airshows - Roger Shumann (Robert Stack), former WWI fighter pilot, forced into races and parachute routines with the help of his wife LaVerne (Dorothy Malone), and faithful mechanic Jiggs (Jack Carson).
Evoking Depression-era New Orleans with glorious black-and-white CinemaScope photography, Sirk's spellbinding chronicle of personal obsession, romantic longing and irreconcilable desires now appears as one of the most extraordinary films to come out of 1950s Hollywood. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Tarnished Angels on Blu-ray for the first time.
SPECIAL BLU-RAY EDITION
- Beautiful new 1080p high-definition master
- Feature-length audio commentary by film critic Adrian Martin
- Talk About the Business, an interview with supporting actor William Schallert
- Infernal Circle, an interview with critic Bill Krohn
- Acting with Douglas Sirk, a collection of archival interviews with Douglas Sirk, producer Albert Zugsmith and actors Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone
- Original theatrical trailer
- Isolated music & effects track
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf & hearing impaired on the feature
- 40-PAGE BOOKLET featuring the words of Douglas Sirk, vintage reportage from the film set, rare imagery, and more!
Rock Hudson has never been better than as the hard-headed newsman with a romantic soft spot for a team of gypsy fliers--especially the sexy parachute-jumping Dorothy Malone--in Douglas Sirk's adaptation of William Faulkner's Pylon. It's the Depression, and the volatile little family--disillusioned World War I ace Robert Stack; his doting wife Malone; his sad, lovesick mechanic Jack Carson; and Stack's hero-worshipping son--has landed in New Orleans for a Mardi Gras air show. Stack's mania for flying ("I need to fly, just like an alcoholic needs his drink!") keeps him at arm's length from his loving family, and he even sacrifices his wife's virtue for a shot at piloting his archrival's spare plane, but his brittle emotional armor cracks in a stunning moment of redemption.
Douglas Sirk trades his vivid Technicolor palette for shadowy black-and-white CinemaScope (the gorgeous widescreen compositions are tragically lost on pan-and-scan video) to create a dark, desperate vision of the Depression, where deadened souls wait for the next spectacular crash as fliers recklessly race around pylons. Sirk heightens the alienation with the most stylized shooting of his career: cameras peer through transom windows, shadows slash through scenes, and grotesque Mardi Gras costumes wander through almost every scene. This production is considered by many, including Faulkner himself, to be the best adaptation of the author's work, and it remains Sirk's most bleakly beautiful film. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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After Roger's air crash death, Jiggs absents himself from the commemoration party and chooses to sit all by himself, well removed from the others. He can't imagine himself in a normal, flaccid, routine life. He can't imagine adjusting to normality. "Where the hell are you Roger?" to no one at all. [In desperation he repeats: Where the hell are you???"]. Without Roger's mania to hold them together, listlessness is set to drown the remaining team in futility. Though it's rather muted in the film, the time is 1924 and combat ace Roger Schumann who shot down nine German fighters needs to reinvoke the dangers of WW1 air combat in the skies of France. He needs the threat of death to find a justification for living. Thus his desperare addiction to barnstorming. Malone and Carson are swept up in his deadly mania and live at his compulsive, fevered pitch, too.
In the final scene, Hudson holds forth poetically on Stack trying to leave the clutches of a safe, boring life and challenge daily death instead.
The prize money, as Malone, says is "bird seed". And as the WW1 pilot hero observes, "We've slept in the best hotels and worst hangers, so don't go feeling sorry for us." These are desperate people, otherwise normal, who build their lives around seeking out brushes with death and think of nothing else. An odd, precious gem.
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The film reflects too much the time in which it was made. Some films from that era are universal in the sense that they can bee seen with great pleasure today. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stale Urbye
Prompt delivery and in good condition, which after all are the main requirements of a customer. Great film too. Happy. Great to see the older films being restored. MOC is great.Published on 14 Dec. 2013 by John Burke
Five stars for the movie, but three because of the video quality. I m a fan of Masters Of Cinema and they have produced great editions of some of my favourite films. Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2013 by michael croeser
What A Prize Cast, For Anyone Who Has Seen Wriiten On The Wind, You Must See This Follow Up.
Douglas Sirk....... Read more
I bought this for the aviation footage, not a bad movie but a bit cynical. Having read the book, I can understand that.Published on 22 Feb. 2013 by Robert Price