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Coeur Fidele [Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD] [Masters of Cinema] [1923]

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  • Actors: Gina Marès, Léon Mathot
  • Directors: Jean Epstein
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YJZ97M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,278 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jean Epstein's Coeur fidèle [True Heart] established the great French filmmaker as one of the most inventive directors of the (then still silent) art form. A pared-down tale of a barmaid oppressed by an exploitative foster family who attempt to push her into the arms of an unscrupulous regular-about-town, Marie's heart (exuberantly vivified by Gina Marès) belongs, as far as she's concerned, to the tenderly blank Jean (Léon Mathot)... Coeur fidèle drives its simple story (which, with its infamous and exhilarating 'carousel sequence', helped pave the way for the narrative tradition of such Murnau masterworks as Sunrise and City Girl) on into the realm of what might be considered an early incarnation of French poetic realism all while still anticipating Epstein's magical, post-surrealist, later works. ***Special Features*** Beautiful new high-definition transfer of the film, officially licensed from Pathé. Presented in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, via a 1080p AVC encode on the Blu-ray, and now running at its true speed and length - New score composed and performed by Maxence Cyrin - Original French intertitles, with newly translated optional English subtitles - A gallery of rare photography from Cinémathèque Française - A 44-page booklet containing rare production photography, and writing about the film by Jean Epstein, Henri Langlois, René Clair, and more

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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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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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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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This review refers to the 2011 dual-format edition which (according to the producers) improves on the 2007 DVD by presenting the film at its original running speed and aspect ratio. The image and sound quality are excellent and the pack includes a useful little booklet with background information about Epstein and the film.
As for the film itself - well, it's an early silent and a melodrama, so expect long, soulful gazing into space, overdone anguish and unsubtle moral messages. But it's also clearly well ahead of its time in its creative cinematography, such as the screen-filling close-ups of faces and hands and the famous carousel scene where the world spins dizzyingly around the camera. The story couldn't be a lot simpler, beautiful girl with troubled history falls in love with the good guy but gets landed with the bad guy instead, but it's satisfying enough if you just suspend your disbelief and accept it for what it is. In all, an excellent presentation of an important slice of cinema history, well recommended.
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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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