News/Blog

Olive Films Announces April 2017 Titles

'Olive Films Announces April 2017 Titles'

We’re celebrating Earth Day this April with a batch of releases that span the globe, from France to Japan and from Italy to Morocco. With films from esteemed directors including Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Hiromichi Horikawa, and Walerian Borowczyk, our April releases encourage you to broaden your horizons.

These will be arriving on April 25th, and they are all available to preorder now!

 

OPHÉLIA (1962)

Claude Chabrol (Le Boucher) directs the inspired-by-Shakespeare cinematic gem Ophélia, starring Alida Valli (The Third Man).

Ivan (André Jocelyn, Les Cousins), a high-strung and intense young man of means, suspecting that his mother, Claudia (Valli), and Uncle Adrian (Claude Cerval, Belle de Jour) are responsible for the death of his father, sets out to reveal their foul deed.

Imagining himself a modern day Hamlet, Ivan goes about wooing Lucy (Juliette Mayniel, Eyes Without a Face), the beautiful daughter of his parents’ groundskeeper, convincing her to become the de facto Ophelia of the piece. Concocting a clever ruse to unmask the accused, Ivan’s fever dream of revenge takes an unexpected turn in Ophélia, Claude Chabrol’s witty and darkly comic reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet.

Ophélia, directed by Claude Chabrol from a screenplay by Chabrol, Paul Gégauff and Martial Matthieu, features stark black & white cinematography courtesy of Jean Rabier (Chabrol’s Le Boucher and Madame Bovary, Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Agnès Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7) and a haunting score by Pierre Jansen (Le Boucher, The Lacemaker).

LANGUAGE: FRENCH (with English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 104 mins
VIDEO: 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

Ophélia is coming to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever on April 25th.

 

THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL SWINDLERS (1964)

The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers combines the talents of top-tier directors and actors from the world of American, French, Italian and Japanese cinema in an entertaining tale of sensational swindles taking place around the globe.

Claude Chabrol (Le Boucher) directs L’Homme qui vendit la Tour Eiffel, Jean-Luc Godard (Weekend) directs Le Grand escroc, Ugo Gregoretti (Ro.Go.Pa.G) directs La Feuille du Route, and Hiromichi Horikawa (Kuroi Gashu: Aru sarariman no shogen) directs Les Cinq Bienfaiteurs de Fumiko.

The eclectic cast of actors includes Jean Seberg (Breathless), Academy Award nominee Catherine Deneuve (Indochin – 1993), Jean-Pierre Cassel (Murder on the Orient Express), Francis Blanche (Monsieur Gangster) and Ken Mitsuda (Sansho the Bailiff).

Lending their considerable talents behind the camera are cinematographers Raoul Coutard (Breathless), Tonino Delli Colli (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Asakazu Nakai (Ran) and Jean Rabier (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg).

NOTE: The Amsterdam segment, A River of Diamonds (directed by Roman Polanski), which was featured in original theatrical release of The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers, has been removed from presentations of the film at the request of the director.

LANGUAGE: JAPANESE, ITALIAN, FRENCH, GERMAN, ENGLISH (with English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 95 mins
VIDEO: 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers is coming to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever on April 25th.

 

THEATRE OF MR. & MRS. KABAL (1967)

Walerian Borowczyk’s (Blanche) Theatre of Mr. & Mrs. Kabal is a glimpse inside the weird and wonderful world of the theatrical Kabals. The henpecked Mr. Kabal, prone to ogling young females through his binoculars, is never quite beyond the reach of the statuesque and domineering Mrs. Kabal who flutters about (quite literally when butterflies appear inside of her stomach) in a connubial reign of terror. Although it may not always be le beau mariage, Mr. and Mrs. Kabal are nonetheless made for each other.

The years-in-the-making feature length animated film from the controversial director of Goto, Isle of Love and Immoral Tales, featuring the voice talents of Pierre Collet (Greed in the Sun) and Louisette Rousseau (War of the Buttons), is akin to other Borowczyk animated works such as The Astronauts, Renaissance and Angels’ Games.

LANGUAGE: FRENCH (with optional English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 78 mins
VIDEO: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR / B&W
AUDIO: MONO

Theatre of Mr. & Mrs. Kabal is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on April 25th.

 

GOTO, ISLE OF LOVE (1968)

With Goto, Isle of Love, director Walerian Borowczyk (Blanche) would cement his status as a visual stylist, weaver of erotic tales, and a filmmaker whose work would both confront and celebrate society’s taboos.

Goto, Isle of Love is a tale of infidelity, revenge, and repressed love, both chaste and illicit, starring Pierre Brasseur (Port of Shadows) as Goto III, an unstable and jealous dictator married to the beautiful Glossia (Ligia Branice, Blanche). Unbeknownst to Goto III, Glossia is carrying on an affair with one of his guards, the handsome Lieutenant Gono (Jean-Pierre Andreani, The Story of O). Also lusting after the dictator’s wife is Grozo (Guy Saint-Jean, The Killing Game), a petty thief who, by winning the confidence of Goto III, plans to win Glossia for himself. Simmering passions will boil over on the isle, leading to a surprising denouement.

Shot in haunting shades of black & white and color by cinematographer Guy Durban (Immoral Tales), Goto, Isle of Love is written for the screen by director Borowczyk with additional dialogue by Dominique Duvergé.

EXTRAS:
-Introduction by artist and Turner Prize nominee Craigie Horsfield
-The Concentration Universe: Goto, Isle of Love – Interview program featuring actor Jean-Pierre Andréani, co-writer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, cameraman Noël Véry and camera assistant Jean-Pierre Platel

LANGUAGE: FRENCH (with English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 94 mins
VIDEO: 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR / B&W
AUDIO: MONO

Goto, Isle of Love is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on April 25th.

 

BLANCHE (1971)

Set in medieval France, an elderly noble baron (Michel Simon, L’Atalante) and his much younger bride, the beautiful Blanche (Ligia Branice, Goto, Isle of Love) welcome a visiting King (George Wilson, Les destinées) and his handsome page, Bartolomeo (Jacques Perrin, Cinema Paradiso) to their castle, and sets in motion accusations of disloyalty and marital infidelity, turning what should be a fairytale into a nightmare.

Walerian Borowczyk (The Beast), whose stylized vision of a bygone world, is key to the overall look and feel of Blanche, which despite its period surroundings, embraces very modern sensibilities.

Blanche, written and directed by Walerian Borowczyk (based on the poem Mazepa by Juliusz Slowacki), features performances by Jacques Perrin (Cinema Paradiso), Denise Péronne (Forbidden Games) and Lawrence Trimble (Meetings in the Forest).

EXTRAS
-Introduction by director Leslie Megahey
-Ballad of Imprisonment: Blanche – Interview program featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte

LANGUAGE: FRENCH (with English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 94 mins
VIDEO: 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

Blanche is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on April 25th.

 

WALERIAN BOROWCZYK – SHORT FILMS COLLECTION (1959-1984)

Featuring fifteen of Walerian Borowczyk’s (Theatre of Mr. & Mrs. Kabal) short films and animated treasures, the Short Films Collection includes:

The Concert (1962) aka Le Concert de M. et Mme. Kabal
The Astronauts (1959) aka Les Astronautes
Angels’ Games (1964) aka Les Jeux des Anges
Renaissance (1963)
Joachim’s Dictionary (1965) aka Le Dictionnaire de Joachim
The Greatest Love of All Time (1978) aka L’Amour Monstre de tous les temps
Diptyque (1967)
Grandma’s Encyclopedia (1963) aka L’encyclopedie de Grand-Maman
Venus on the Half-Shell (1975) aka Escargot de Venus
Gavotte (1967)
The Phonograph (1969) aka Le Phonograph
Rosalie (1966)
Scherzo Infernal (1984)
A Private Collection Long Version Censored aka Une Collection Particulière – Version Longue Censored (1973)
A Private Collection Short Version aka Une Collection Particulière – Short Version (1973)

EXTRAS
-Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam
-Film is not a Sausage: Borowczyk’s Short Films – Interview program featuring Borowczyk, producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant André Heinrich and composer Bernard Parmegiani

LANGUAGE: FRENCH (with English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 146 mins
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33 / 1.66 / 1.78 Aspect Ratios; COLOR / B&W
AUDIO: MONO

Walerian Borowczyk – Short Films Collection is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on April 25th.

 

March 6, 2017

Leave a Comment