France (Max Ophuls) Movies on DVD
Breaking the fourth wall and directly addressing the cinema audience, the Raconteur (Anton Walbrook) acts as puppet master and chronicler for an elaborate, lively satire on sexual behavior that follows lovers and the loveless in majestic Viennese manors. This avant-garde film by director Max Ophuls started an often-imitated cinematic style; Simone Simon, Simone Signoret, and Danielle Darrieux also star. 93 min. Standard; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; interviews; more. In French with English subtitles.
From French filmmaker Max Ophuls comes three tales of the quest for pleasure, all based on works from countryman Guy de Maupassant. "The Mask" follows a vain rogue as he attends a masquerade ball in an attempt to regain his youth and charm women. Then, a painter's falling in love with "The Model" leads to tragedy. Finally, travel to "The House of Madame Tellier" as she takes her five prostitutes to attend her niece's first holy communion. Danielle Darrieux, Claude Dauphin, Jean Gabin, Peter Ustinov star. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; featurette; interviews; more. In French with English subtitles.
Lush romantic drama that was filmmaker Max Ophuls' last work. Martine Carol is mesmerizing as the 19th-century courtesan whose lovers included composer Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria, living out her final years sharing her life story in a travelling circus. Co-stars Peter Ustinov, Will Quadflieg. 114 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; bonus footage; featurettes; theatrical trailer; more. In French with English subtitles. Two-disc set.
Max Ophuls' lavish costume drama traces an 18th-century French countess's doomed affair with a handsome diplomat. The titular baubles, first secretly sold by the countess in an effort to erase her financial debts, find their way back to her husband, and then continue to change hands and turn up at pivotal moments. Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer, Vittorio De Sica star. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; interviews; featurette; booklet; more. In French with English subtitles.