Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Criterion Announces One Of The Big Ones

After years of rumors it looks like Criterion are finally going to release a deluxe set of Jean-Luc Godard's masterful first feature A BOUT DE SOUFFLE (BREATHLESS). This most welcome news is being reported at Mobius and the information is probably at Criterion's web site also.
Godard's seminal film stars two of cinemas greatest icons, Jean Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg and is without question one of the most important films ever made. The two disc set is said to contain the following special features and will be out later this year.

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director of photography Raoul Coutard

Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard, and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville

New video interviews with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker

New video essays: filmmaker and critic Mark Rappaport's "Jean Seberg" and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum's "Breathless as Film Criticism"

Chambre 12, Hotel de suede, an eighty-minute French documentary about the making of Breathless, with members of the cast and crew

Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short film by Godard, starring Belmondo

French theatrical trailer

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring writings from Godard, film historian Dudley Andrew, Francois Truffaut's original film treatment, and Godard's scenario.

Criterion's other Godard sets have ranged from very good to spectacular so I am extremely happy to get this news. Now if they would just get rolling on Resnais' LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, I will be one happy film lover.

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