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The Criterion Collection
Running Time: 105 Minutes
Starring: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, Philippe Morier-Genoud, François Berléand, François Négret, Peter Fitz
Written and Directed by: Louis Malle
Retail Price: $39.95
Features: Pierre Billard Interview, Candice Bergen Interview, Joseph: A Character Study, Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant, Louis Malle at AFI, Theatrical Teaser, Theatrical Trailer
Specs: 1.66:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, French Uncompressed PCM Mono, English Subtitles, Chapters (17 Chapters)
Released: March 15th, 2011
A 13-and-a-half minute Interview with Candice Bergen is also included. Bergen, the famed actress who's Malle's widow, speaks lovingly of her former partner. Bergen talks about his documentary work, and also about his curiousity and how he seemed to always be on the move. Murphy speaks of his 80s work, including the failures of "Crackers" and "Alamo Bay." Of the latter, Murphy talks how a scathing New York Times review motivated him to make Au Revoir Les Enfants. From there, Bergen talks about the year 1944 and how that impacted the filmmaker and the actual filming of Au Revoir. There are a lot of great stories and insights here, making this a must watch.
Joseph: A Character Study is a 5 minute profile of the film's character, made by Guy Magen. The Immigant, Charlie Chaplin's short as featured in the movie, is included in its entirety on the disc.Louis Malle at AFI is an audio-recording of the director, speaking at a seminar run by the organization. Recorded in 1988, Malle speaks about his childhood, his thoughts on directing, working with children, Murmur of the Heart and much more. It runs 53 minutes in total, and worth listening to. It's a shame there are no subtitles, since the audio quality is average at best.
Finally, inside the package is an excellent booklet, featuring essays by Philip Kemp and Francis J. Murphy.