The Rediscovered Masterpiece of Post-war French Cinema
Arrives Re-Mastered in HD, Available For The First Time in the U.S.
On Blu-ray and DVD August 13, 2013
"Exciting entertainment ... a sober comment on the wages of political sin."- THE NEW YORK TIMES
Set in the closing days of World War II, The Damned is a gritty mix of film noir and suspense about Nazis fleeing for South America in a submarine. This rediscovered masterpiece by director Rene Clement (Forbidden Games, Purple Noon) has been remastered and is available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD. The 1947 Cannes winner for Best Adventure and Crime Film, featuring stunning cinematography by Henri Alekan (Roman Holiday, Wings of Desire), is part of the Cohen Film Collection's Classics of French Cinema series. It arrives in the centennial year of a director about whom film historian Ephraim Katz said, "His insistence on authenticity of detail nearly approaches an obsession."
The disc includes commentary by scholars Judith Mayne and John E. Davidson and the 2010 documentary Rene Clement or The Cinema of Sketches.
About Cohen Media Group (www.cohenmedia.net)
COHEN MEDIA GROUP, LLC produces and distributes select films in North America. CMG releases include Lorraine Levy's The Other Son; Francois Ozon's In The House; Spain's official entry to the Academy awards, Blancanieves; and Fernando Trueba's The Artist and the Model. CMG's Cohen Film Collection (formerly the Rohauer Collection) includes some 700 cinema landmarks, including films by D.W. Griffith, Buster Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks as well as foreign classics like Luis Bunuel's Tristana.
Release Date: August 13, 2013
SRP: $24.98 (Blu-ray), $34.98 (DVD)
Rating: Not rated
Running time: 105 minutes, plus extras
Language: French, with English subtitles
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News Editor August 9, 2013, 7:24 am