- Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nelly Borgeaud, Martine Ferrière, Marcel Berbert
- Directors: François Truffaut
- Writers: François Truffaut, Cornell Woolrich
- Producers: Marcel Berbert
- Format: PAL
- Language: French
- Subtitles: French, Dutch, Danish, Greek
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2003
- Run Time: 118 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00009XW8M
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,443 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Mississippi Mermaid [DVD]
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The erotic tale of a young millionaire (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his mail-order fiancee (Catherine Deneuve) on the tropical Isle de Reunion. Tobacco tycoon Louis Mahe (Belmondo) is completely enraptured by Julie Rouselle (Deneuve) and when she disappears without a trace he will stop at nothing to find her. This decision eventually entangles him in a relentless obsession which ends in cold blooded murder.
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Mississippi Mermaid, written and directed by Francois Truffaut, is a movie of Louis' obsession, of sexual psychosis, of parasitic selfishness, of stolen identity and of rat poison, with a lot of self-revealing (some of it even true) dialogue thrown in. As much as I think comparing one director to another is usually pointless, in this case Truffaut may have watched Vertigo, Psycho and Marnie once too often. Still, murder at the top of the stairs, the star power of Deneuve and Belmondo and some eccentric passing opinions (Louis thinks Johnny Guitar is "a love story, with lots of feeling in it."), all handled with Truffaut's characteristic confidence isn't something to pass by. The downside is that Mississippi Mermaid, despite all of its advantages, at times veers too close to melodramatic parody.
"You mustn't cry, my dear. It's your happiness I want, not your tears."
"I'm learning what love is, Louis. It's painful. It hurts me." It sounds better in French, but the meaning is just as soppy.
Truffaut adapted his movie from the pulp mystery novel, Waltz into Darkness, by Cornell Woolrich writing as William Irish. The movie didn't do too well the first time out, but then underwent a rediscovery of sorts. Unfortunately, that meant articles by people who teach film studies at universities. One such person wrote, "[Mississippi Mermaid] remains a fascinating exploration of the major themes essayed by movie melodramas of betrayal - a sort of distillation of the amoral nucleus of Double Indemnity and the wilder settings of Key Largo." Distillation of the amoral nucleus? I don't even know what an amoral nucleus is. The salient point, for me, is that films such as Double Indemnity and Key Largo are above all else tightly told stories. I think Truffaut with Mississippi Mermaid started with a nice, nasty, obsessional pulp tale, but then tried to do too much with it.
The DVD is not anamorphic. The transfer is nothing special. There are no extras.
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