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Arguably the most prolific title in director Patrice Chereau’s three decades of filmmaking, Cohen Media Group releases a beautiful remastering of Queen Margot for its twentieth anniversary. Chereau, who died at the age of 68 in late 2013, participated in the restoration, which is the definitive director’s cut that includes an additional twenty minutes that had been cut out of the film’s 1994 theatrical release. Smack dab in the middle of his filmography, it’s his most lavish and ambitious production, recreating the savage beauty of 16th century France, based on Alexandre Dumas’ novel, concerning a passionate romance torn asunder by a people consumed with religious minded self-righteousness. The 2013 remastering played in Cannes Classics that year, while the film originally won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 1994, the Clint Eastwood presiding jury also awarding Virna Lisi the Best Actress prize.
In 1572 France, a break in the bloody war between Catholics »
- Nicholas Bell
The French film, opera, and theater director Patrice Chéreau, who died in this past October at age 68, once told an interviewer that he saw human relations as being like rugby or football, in which "everybody is intertwined, and trying to kick everyone else." Chéreau perceived love strategically, in terms of forged and broken alliances. His film The Wounded Man (1983), for instance, shows a young man fleeing his sheltered family life for a stop-and-start affair with a roughhousing older male vagrant. Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998) offers emotional battles among former friends and lovers of a recently deceased man; their arguing bodies sway inside a train's passenger cars, risking physical collisions as violent as their words.
2 items from 2014
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