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La Kermesse héroïque [1935] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Françoise Rosay, André Alerme, Jean Murat, Louis Jouvet, Lyne Clevers
  • Directors: Jacques Feyder
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002B96JI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,226 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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LA KERMESSE HÉROÏQUE
A film by Jacques Feyder

Jacques Feyder's joyfully immoral satire La Kermesse héroïque undoubtedly one of the crown jewels of French cinema, was both acclaimed and damned on its release. Although the film won awards such as the Grand prix du cinema français and, for Feyder, Best Director as the Venice Film Festival, some saw in it allusions to the Flemish collaborators during the German occupation of Belgium during World War 1. Some even called it Nazi-inspired.

This tongue-in-cheek farce is set in an early seventeenth century Flemish town facing invasion by the Spanish army. Foreseeing carnage and rape, the mayor plays dead in the hope that the fearsome occupiers will respect the townspeople's mourning and bypass the town. However, his rather more courageous and sophisticated wife takes control of the situation and organizes the townswomen to greet the invaders and preserve the peace with their womanly wiles.

Feyder succeeds in balancing witty farce and intimate character comedy in lush settings through which he aimed to bring to life the work's recreations of the Flemish town and beautiful photography by Harry Stradling combine to make an unforgettable impact.

DVD extra: Director's Biography

France | 1935 | black & white | French language with English subtitles | 109 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

Review

'A masterpiece of film design and a masterclass in imbuing historal topics with contemporary relevance, this is one of the true gems of French cinema.'***** --Empire


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