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Coeur Fidele [Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD] [Masters of Cinema] [1923]
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2011
I agree with TheSilence's review of Coeur Fidele - the bluray renders this film in astonishingly fresh detail and the musical score is perfect. I've been a fan of most of the silent masters, but this is the first Epstein film I've seen. The camerawork is excellent and inventive, the actors perfect for this kind of film including his sister Marie who plays a crippled lodger who facilitates meetings between the lovers. Superb use of location photography - the docks at Marseille - betrays the influences that were being absorbed by him as well as his admiration for Abel Gance. What is also amazing is that Epstein wrote the scenario for this film in one day. Recommended for lovers of the silent era. Marie Epstein - one of the few female pioneers in film - is also the film's assistant director and script writer. She went on to collaborate as co-director with Jean Benoit-Levy.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2011
Jean Epstein's 1923 film 'Coeur Fidele/True Heart' is - on the surface - a simple tale of a lonely, oppressed woman brutalised by her family and forced into the arms of the abusive 'Petit Paul', a local drunk. The love that Marie shares with the simple Jean is all that holds her fragile world together, but after a violent confrontation between Paul and Jean forces them apart, Marie's mental state begins to unwind - thrillingly exemplified in an astonishing sequence aboard a carousel. This landmark and influential film looks absolutely astounding on Blu-ray, and has been restored with incredible affection and respect for the original film source. Clarity and fine detail are frequently jaw-dropping for a film 90 years old, as are the perfect inky blacks and crisp whites, and without any digital scrubbing, keeping a lovely light filmic grain intact. Perhaps even more impressive is the brand new score by Maxence Cyrin, a truly beautiful and emotive piece of work that complements the film perfectly, and arguably even improves it. If you are lucky enough to have seen the fabulous City Girl [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] [1930] in the same 'Masters of Cinema' series, you will have some idea of what you can expect from the MoC team, but this release now sets a new benchmark for the treatment and restoration of Silent film. Hands down, the most impressive Blu-ray release of the year so far and the crown jewel in the Masters of Cinema series. Here's hoping that they keep these classics of silent cinema coming!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2012
Ver hoy en día 'Coeur fidèle' es asombrarse con un cine mudo de vanguardia, con fabulosos primeros planos, transparencias, una profundidad de campo increíble, y una revolucionaria secuencia en un tiovivo. Los planos finales de Gina Marès y Léon Mathot en el carrusel parecen filmados por algún director de la Nouvelle Vague, pero 40 años antes. Cine puro. Simplemente una maravilla desconocida. ¡Gracias Masters of Cinema!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2013
The PQ for this movie is the most impressive of any Silent movie in my collection. The next disc I watched was Murnau's "Sunrise" but this raised the bar too high in terms of clarity and depth.
The movie itself also left a lasting impression. The actors come across with great sincerity and it was easy to just sit back and lap it all up.
On top of all that the direction and cinematography were full of innovation!
A beautiful movie to have in any collection.
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on 9 April 2015
Excellent presentation of a classic silent film. Great price and service.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2014
Terrible story and acting but good usage of close ups and superimpositions.
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