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Blanche (Includes DVD)
  • Description

    One of the greatest of all medieval films, not least for its utterly distinctive realisation of a recognisable yet alien world, Walerian Borowczyk’s third feature was widely hailed as a masterpiece from the moment it first appeared and is still regarded as one of his greatest films.

    Based on Juliusz S?owacki’s 19th-century play Mazepa but relocated to 13th-century France, Blanche tells the story of the beautiful young wife (Ligia Branice) of a nobleman many decades older (French acting legend Michel Simon). As innocent as her name suggests, Blanche becomes the unwilling centre of attention in a power struggle between her husband, the visiting King and his page, the latter a notorious womaniser. Its unique visual style resembles a medieval fresco, and its period-instruments soundtrack, adapting the ancient ‘Carmina Burana’ song book, was years ahead of its time.

    Blanche is presented in a brand new high-definition restoration from original 35mm elements.

    Bonus Features:

    • New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts
    • Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
    • Optional English subtitles where necessary
    • Introduction by Schalcken the Painter director Leslie Megahey
    • Ballad of Imprisonment, a documentary about the film featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte
    • Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly edited archival interview in which Borowczyk discusses painting, cinema and sex
    • Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original poster designs
    • Collector’s booklet
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    18
    Region:
    B
    Number of Discs:
    2
    Dubbing Languages:

    French

    Subtitle Languages:

    English

    studio:
    Arrow Video

Blanche (Includes DVD)

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  • Description

    One of the greatest of all medieval films, not least for its utterly distinctive realisation of a recognisable yet alien world, Walerian Borowczyk’s third feature was widely hailed as a masterpiece from the moment it first appeared and is still regarded as one of his greatest films.

    Based on Juliusz S?owacki’s 19th-century play Mazepa but relocated to 13th-century France, Blanche tells the story of the beautiful young wife (Ligia Branice) of a nobleman many decades older (French acting legend Michel Simon). As innocent as her name suggests, Blanche becomes the unwilling centre of attention in a power struggle between her husband, the visiting King and his page, the latter a notorious womaniser. Its unique visual style resembles a medieval fresco, and its period-instruments soundtrack, adapting the ancient ‘Carmina Burana’ song book, was years ahead of its time.

    Blanche is presented in a brand new high-definition restoration from original 35mm elements.

    Bonus Features:

    • New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts
    • Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
    • Optional English subtitles where necessary
    • Introduction by Schalcken the Painter director Leslie Megahey
    • Ballad of Imprisonment, a documentary about the film featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte
    • Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly edited archival interview in which Borowczyk discusses painting, cinema and sex
    • Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original poster designs
    • Collector’s booklet
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    18
    Region:
    B
    Number of Discs:
    2
    Dubbing Languages:

    French

    Subtitle Languages:

    English

    studio:
    Arrow Video
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