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on 19 August 2008
This boxed set of five of Alain Delon's lesser known films, is a welcome release for lovers of French cinema, and at least two of the films are minor classics. Being a big fan of Delon, I was delighted when they became available and I wasn't disappointed when I viewed them.
The films included are 'Diabolically Yours' (1967), 'La Piscine/the Swimming Pool' (1969), 'The Widow Couderc' (1971), 'The Gypsy' (1975) and 'Notre Histoire/Seperate Rooms' (1981). I believe that this is the first time they have been released on DVD, with English subtitles at least, and they present an interesting sweep of Delon's slightly lesser known films.
Nothing here reaches the artistic heights of Delon's best work in Melville's 'Le Samourai' or Antonioni's 'L'Eclisse', but I found all of the films enjoyable, intriguing, and worthwhile. The first two listed above are similar to Claude Chabrol's work in tone and substance, being tense murder mysteries while the last film of the set, directed by Bertrand Blier, is a very subtle and memorable work.
'La Piscine' in particular is a great film, set in and around a villa near St Tropez in the late 60s, and co-starring a young Jane Birkin, and Romy Schneider. The setting is sunny and luxurious, but the feel of the film is dark and malevolent. The only reasons I have given the set as a whole 4 stars rather than 5, is that one film, 'The Gypsy, is admittedly a little mediocre, and as I said, these are not 'classic' films of the first rank - rather, they are interesting lesser and more obscure ones.
For the relatively low price, these five films are well worth picking up. The set is region 1 encoded, so make sure your DVD player is multiregion before you do. The transfers in each case are fairly good given the age of the films - they are never ultra-sharp but are perfectly watchable even when blown up to projector size, which is how I watched them.