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MADAME DUBARRY [Masters of Cinema] (1919) [Blu-ray]
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Before Ernst Lubitsch created his eminently sophisticated Hollywood sex comedies, he was at work in Germany perfecting his earliest entries into the genre, alongside sweeping ironic dramas based on historical events and often set in exotic locales. One of his earliest successes merged elements of both modes: Madame DuBarry.
A recounting-à-la-Lubitsch of the torrid affair between the title character (Pola Negri) and France's King Louis XV (Emil Jannings, who would go on to portray Henry VIII in Lubitsch's Anna Boleyn of the following year a film that neatly bookends Madame DuBarry), the picture spans scandalous intrigue at the court and the ring of the guillotine among the riotous mobs of the Revolution.
Also included in this edition is Lubitsch's earliest surviving film, the 1916 Als ich tot war [When I Was Dead], which stars the director himself in a lead role that involves his faked suicide and (prefiguring the later Die Puppe.) an infiltration of the domestic space whilst in disguise (not as an automaton, but as a servant). The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Madame DuBarry and Als ich tot war in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition for the first time.
- New high-definition 1080p presentation of the main feature on the Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD
- Original /French / German intertitles with newly translated optional English subtitles
- Lubitsch's earliest surviving film, Als ich tot war
- 36-PAGE BOOKLET containing new essays on each of the films by critic and filmmaker David Cairns, and rare archival imagery
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The importance of this film is due to the 3 principles: Director Ernst Lubitsch, & stars Emil Jannings & (Polish actress) Pola Negri. The print quality is very, very good for 1919. As the booklet makes clear, the film is about entertainment, & not about historical accuracy. I appreciate MOC making that clear, as I am not a student of French history.
Dubarry held my attention completely, though it isn't Negri or Janning's best work. Jannings in particular didn't take on his usual intense persona until his death bed scene. I think part of the issue is that the long white historical French court wigs tend to anonymize the actors a bit.
Negri (& for collectors) Lubitsch are the main reasons for watching this film (She has some very good scenes); along with it being a very good print of a previously all but unavailable classic film. While much of Jannings & Lubitsch's work is available today on home video, there is little Pola Negri available (especially to the English speaking fan).
In fact, a quick check seems to show that for Americans such as I the only currently available restored Negri are Sumrun & The Wildcat; both with Lubitsch.Read more ›
I've found this title a bit of a disappointment from MoC. It’s the first ever proper release of this film in the UK, as represented by a restoration carried out in 2001. The film looks gorgeous in HD, and it’s good to finally see a non-bootleg version. I had this pre-ordered as I was looking forward to seeing it.
But it’s a very underwhelming release. Where are the extras?! Aside from the short film included (which is an interesting little footnote in the career of the director) there is nothing else on this disc. Nothing at all. I don’t require a lavish documentary or full-length commentary, but even just a little filmed introduction by a film boffin wouldn't have gone amiss. Are there any quotes from Lubistch concerning the movie that could have been included on screen in a manner akin to early DVD releases, even? The scores on both movies are also sadly in stereo only, and not 5.1. I find this a bit unacceptable for a BluRay released in 2014 - especially when the quality of other MoC titles in taken into consideration. The booklet is the only real ‘extra’ and it’s a very, very good little one with both of the films examined individually.
All in all, a rather underwhelming release. So much so I actually sold my copy on after watching it. For what amounts to the début of this film in UK since effectively 1919, I was hoping for much more than this. MoC will hopefully revisit this title at a later date and give it a bit more attention.
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I liked madame du Barry more than you can say...Published on 1 Nov. 2014 by Christian Philipsen-Ravn