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Directed by Philippe de Broca and arriving in the wake of the newly popular James Bond films, these were a riotous cut above the many 007 spoofs that spilled forth worldwide. In the first, set against the beauty of Brazil, Jean Paul Belmondo and Francoise Dorleac are in hot pursuit of a stolen Amazonian statuette, while others pursue them for the same treasure. In the second, Belmondo plays a bored and recently bankrupted millionaire who is convinced to allow someone to murder him so that he can leave the insurance money in his will. He's fine with the plan until he meets a stunning stripper (Ursula Andress).
Screen adaptation of Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, "God of Carnage," will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD March 20th from Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Academy Award(R) winner Roman Polanski (2002, Best Director, The Pianist) directs this sharp and witty comedy of "(no) manners" about the human condition and the carnage that is adulthood. Starring an ensemble cast featuring Academy Award(R) winner Jodie Foster (1988, Best Actress, The Accused), Academy Award(R) winner Kate Winslet (2008, Best Actress, The Reader), Academy Award(R) winner Christoph Waltz (2009, Best Supporting Actor, Inglourious Basterds), and Academy Award(R) nominee John C. Reilly (2002, Supporting Actor, Chicago), the bitterly amusing story focuses on one evening in the lives of two couples locked in a showdown after their children are involved in a playground incident.
Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston, the film follows an intricate web of deception as private investigator Jake Gittes (Nicholson) unravels a mystery involving water rights that are critical to the development of Los Angeles, as well as unspeakable family secrets. Written by Academy Award(R) winner Robert Towne and directed by Roman Polanski.
DVD Review CUL-DE-SAC
Roman Polanski's triangle of menace and mayhem, with a killer new transfer.
DVD Review APRES LUI
I will never pass up a chance to see the legendary Catherine Deneuve in action, as she only gets better with age.
DVD Review REPULSION
More early-career Polanski creepiness, from our friends at Criterion.
DVD Review ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED
One need not excuse or minimize what happened between Roman Polanski and a 13-year-old girl in Jack Nicholson's pool in 1977 to recognize that Polanski has led an extraordinarily complicated and morally challenging life. He escaped the Third Reich; his wife, 8 1/2 months pregnant with their first child, was brutally slaughtered by disciples of Charles Manson; he's had enough sorrow for a handful of lives, though that doesn't make it all right for his Humbert Humbert streak, thanking heaven for little girls. This fair-minded and gripping documentary is an extraordinarily thorough look at what happened to Polanski in Southern California in the late 1970s, both in a Santa Monica courtroom and in the court of public opinion. It's a morality play with all sort of shades of gray, and it's a fascinating watch.
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