Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Monday, 9 September 2013

New Plein Soleil on Blu-Ray

That new PLEIN SOLEIL Blu-ray arrived today, and its terrific. This is the English StudioCanal one, I already got the US Criterion (right). This English has has extras on interesting restoration comparisons, and an extensive recent interview with its star Alain Delon - who is very fulsome on Rene Clement and his influence on him, plus he mentions Romy's appearance in it; plus an over an hour long documentary on its making, so now I feel I know everything there is to about PLEIN SOLEIL. Pity no Marie Laforet interview though. Highly recommended then, and the film is still dazzling, as is that 1959 Mediterranean ... and without that padding that Minghella included in his 1999 version. 
For me though Clement kind of peaked with PLEIN SOLEIL, his following films were just not in the same league, though LES FELINS with Delon again in 1963 is a ritzy thriller. 1947's LES MAUDITS and GERVAISE were interesting discoveries a while back (thanks John), and I really like KNAVE OF HEARTS (Gerard Philipe label) and 1958's THE SEA WALL, as mentioned here several times ...

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