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Blanche

Blanche
Product Code: FCD954
Availability: In Stock
Release Date: 1st January 1970
Price: £15.99
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Release Date: 8th September 2014
Format: Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD
Starring:  Michel Simon, Georges Wilson, Jacques Perrin
Directed by:  Walerian Borowczyk
 
Synopsis: 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 Słowacki’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.
 
 
 SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
  • 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
 
 
Region: B/2
Rating: 18
Cat No: FCD954
Duration: 93 mins
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: 1.0 mono
Colour: Colour