Release Date: 8 September 2014
Format: Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD
Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Ligia Branice, Jean-Pierre Andréani
Directed by: Walerian Borowczyk
Synopsis: Walerian Borowczyk’s second feature was just as original as his first. Almost entirely live action this time, it is situated on the archipelago of Goto, which has been cut off from the rest of human civilisation by a massive earthquake and has consequently developed its own arcane rules. Melancholic dictator Goto III (Pierre Brasseur) is married to the beautiful Glossia (Ligia Branice), who in turn is lusted after by the petty thief Gozo (Guy Saint-Jean) as he works his way up the hierarchy.
Its thinly veiled critique of totalitarianism saw it banned in both Communist Poland and Fascist Spain (to Borowczyk’s delight), but the film is most notable for its uniquely original atmosphere, in which bizarre props and sets (designed by Borowczyk himself) are given as much weight as the human actors. Its grave beauty is underscored to perfection by one of Handel’s organ concertos.
This brand new high-definition restoration from the original 35mm interpositive includes the haunting colour sequences that were sometimes omitted from earlier releases.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
New high definition digital restoration
Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
Optional English subtitles
Introduction by artist and Turner Prize nominee Craigie Horsfield
The Concentration Universe, a new interview programme featuring actor Jean-Pierre Andréani, cameraman Noël Véry and camera assistant Jean-Pierre Platel
The Profligate Door, a new documentary about Borowczyk’s sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet
Reversible sleeve featuring original poster designs
Cat No: FCD953
Duration: 94 mins
Aspect Ratio: TBC
Colour: Black & White with Colour inserts