Eureka verkündet das Film Line-Up von Masters of Cinema im August 2016: «Sweet Bean», «Conversation Piece» und «Early Murnau: Five Films, 1921 – 1925»
CONVERSATION PIECE, Luchino Visconti’s heartfelt tale of loneliness and intimacy starring Burt Lancaster and an international ensemble cast, is set to be released in a Dual Format edition as part of the Masters of Cinema Series on 15 August 2016 .
Eleven years after The Leopard, the revered Italian maestro Luchino Visconti reteamed with the iconic Burt Lancaster on the lavish Conversation Piece [Gruppo di famiglia in un interno].
A retired American professor (Lancaster) lives a solitary and luxurious life in a house in Rome. His world takes an unexpected turn when he is forced to rent part of his house to a countess and her companions: a lover, a daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend. Forced into interaction with the unruly younger group, the professor’s growing fascination begins to stir the possibilities of a life he had previously kept at arm’s length.
A sumptuous, grandly enjoyable chamber drama with a wry sense of humour, Conversation Piece features an international ensemble cast including Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano and Stefano Patrizi (with uncredited cameos by Claudia Cardinale and Dominique Sanda). The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Visconti’s penultimate film in a new dual-format edition from a brand new 2K restoration.
SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT FEATURES:
1080p transfer of the film from a brand new 2K restoration | Features both the original English language soundtrack and the Italian dub track that was produced at the same time | Optional English SDH (for the English track) and optional English subtitles for the Italian track | Interview with critic and screenwriter Alessandro Bencivenni | Trailer | Plus: Booklet featuring a new essay by Pasquale Iannone; and vintage writing on the film.
SWEET BEAN (aka AN), the heartbreakingly beautiful film and “ode to the simple joys in life” from director Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest, Still the Water), as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 22 August 2016.
One of the most acclaimed figures in modern Japanese cinema, Naomi Kawase followed up her remarkable 2014 Still the Water with Sweet Bean [An], a small-town drama of culinary redemption, which opened the prestigious Un Certain Regard strain of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Struggling street food vendor Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) finds himself confronted with Tokue (Kirin Kiki), an odd but sympathetic elderly lady looking for work. When he reluctantly accepts, it’s not long before Tokue proves to have an extraordinary gift when it comes to making “an” – the sweet red bean paste filling used in his dorayakis – which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food.
With Sweet Bean, Kawase again focuses on people at the periphery of Japanese society and investigates their place in the flow of life itself. Using cookery to explore her perennial theme of communion with nature, Kawase also poignantly addresses the discrimination that condemns many like Tokue to live their lives segregated from the rest of society. Beautifully shot and quietly moving, Sweet Bean is a humble masterpiece from a singularly accomplished filmmaker. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film for the first time in the UK.
DUAL FORMAT (BLU-RAY & DVD) SPECIAL FEATURES: High-definition presentation on the Blu-ray, Optional English subtitles, A new, exclusive video interview with Naomi Kawase, Theatrical trailer, A 32-page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by critic Philip Kemp; an interview and statement from Kawase, and production images.
Full details, including special features, for EARLY MURNAU: FIVE FILMS, 1921-1925 – Five masterpieces from one of the finest directors of the silent era, for the first time in the world on Blu-ray, together in one deluxe boxed set on 22 August 2016.
One of the most influential and revered figures in all of cinema, Friedrich Wilheim Murnau came to prominence in the first half of the 1920s with a diverse string of productions ranging from buoyant satire to swirling psychological drama. Five key works are presented here: Schloß Vogelöd, Phantom, Die Finanzen des Großherzogs (The Grand Duke’s Finances), Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) and Tartuffe.
In the sinister mystery Schloß Vogelöd, terrible secrets from the past threaten a group of aristocrats’ gathering at a country manor. In the delirious Phantom, an aspiring poet’s chance encounter with a beautiful woman leads into obsession and deception. The delightful Die Finanzen des Großherzogs sees a rakish-but-impoverished duke setting out to rebuild his fortune via blissfully comic high adventure on the Mediterranean coast. In Der Letzte Mann, one of the undisputed masterpieces of the silent era, Emil Jannings gives an overwhelming performance as a hotel porter with dreams of a higher station in life, and was a stylistic breakthrough for both Murnau and cinema in general. Finally, the slyly satiric Tartuffe features Jannings as Molière’s iconic creation in a morality tale film-within-a-film as only Murnau could conceive.
This collection features new high-definition transfers of all five films from the finest archival elements, all on Blu-ray for the first time in a special edition three-disc set.
• New high-definition presentations of all five films, created by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-S
• Uncompressed PCM audio on all five scores | Original German-language intertitles with newly translated optional English-language subtitles on all films
• The Language of the Shadows: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and His Films, a 31-minute video piece by Luciano Berriatúa on the early works of Murnau
• Audio commentary by film scholar David Kalat on The Grand Duke’s Finances
• The Making of The Last Laugh, a 41-minute documentary by Murnau expert Luciano Berriatúa
• Tartuffe: The Lost Film, a 37-minute documentary by Berriatúa | A 100-page book featuring writing by Charles Jameux, Lotte H. Eisner, Janet Bergstrom, Tony Rayns, and archival imagery