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La Poison (Masters of Cinema)
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    One of the great late period films by Sacha Guitry - the total auteur who delighted (and scandalised) the French public and inspired the French New Wave as a model for authorship as director-writer-star of screen and stage alike. In every one of his pictures (and almost every one served as a rueful examination of the war between the sexes), Guitry sculpted by way of a rapier wit - one might say by way of "the Guitry touch" - some of the most sophisticated black comedies ever conceived... and La Poison [Poison] is one of his blackest.

    Michel Simon plays Paul Braconnier, a man with designs on murdering his wife Blandine (Germaine Reuver) - a woman with similar designs on her husband. When Braconnier visits Paris to consult with a lawyer about the perfect way of killing a spouse - that is, the way in which he can get away with it - an acid comedy unfolds that reaches its peak in a courtroom scene for the ages.

    From the moment of Guitry's trademark introduction of his principals in the opening credits, and on through the brilliant performance by national treasure Michel Simon (of Renoir's Boudu sauve des eaux and Vigo's L'Atalante, to mention only two high-water marks), here is fitting indication of why Guitry is considered by many the Gallic equal of Ernst Lubitsch. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to introduce Sacha Guitry into the catalogue with La Poison for the first time on video in the UK in a dazzling new Gaumont restoration.

    Special Features:

    • New HD restoration of the film, presented in 1080p on the Blu-ray
    • Newly translated optional subtitles
    • Substantial booklet containing writing on the film, vintage excerpts, and rare archival imagery
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    PG
    Actor:
    Michel Simon
    Director:
    Sacha Guitry
    Region:
    B
    Aspect Ratio:
    1.37:1
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    French
    Run Time:
    85 mins approx.
    studio:
    Masters of Cinema
    TheatricalReleaseYear:
    1951
    Series:
    Masters of Cinema

La Poison (Masters of Cinema)

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  • Description

    One of the great late period films by Sacha Guitry - the total auteur who delighted (and scandalised) the French public and inspired the French New Wave as a model for authorship as director-writer-star of screen and stage alike. In every one of his pictures (and almost every one served as a rueful examination of the war between the sexes), Guitry sculpted by way of a rapier wit - one might say by way of "the Guitry touch" - some of the most sophisticated black comedies ever conceived... and La Poison [Poison] is one of his blackest.

    Michel Simon plays Paul Braconnier, a man with designs on murdering his wife Blandine (Germaine Reuver) - a woman with similar designs on her husband. When Braconnier visits Paris to consult with a lawyer about the perfect way of killing a spouse - that is, the way in which he can get away with it - an acid comedy unfolds that reaches its peak in a courtroom scene for the ages.

    From the moment of Guitry's trademark introduction of his principals in the opening credits, and on through the brilliant performance by national treasure Michel Simon (of Renoir's Boudu sauve des eaux and Vigo's L'Atalante, to mention only two high-water marks), here is fitting indication of why Guitry is considered by many the Gallic equal of Ernst Lubitsch. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to introduce Sacha Guitry into the catalogue with La Poison for the first time on video in the UK in a dazzling new Gaumont restoration.

    Special Features:

    • New HD restoration of the film, presented in 1080p on the Blu-ray
    • Newly translated optional subtitles
    • Substantial booklet containing writing on the film, vintage excerpts, and rare archival imagery
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    PG
    Actor:
    Michel Simon
    Director:
    Sacha Guitry
    Region:
    B
    Aspect Ratio:
    1.37:1
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    French
    Run Time:
    85 mins approx.
    studio:
    Masters of Cinema
    TheatricalReleaseYear:
    1951
    Series:
    Masters of Cinema

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La Poison is an excellent film from the French master of comedic farce, witty social commentary and philosophical musings. Thank you Masters of Cinema for another great title on Blu-Ray. This is a beautiful quality transfer.

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