The Barefoot Countess
By Joseph Mankiewicz
Carlotta, Blu-Ray and DVD set, €53
It is far from a fairy tale. Besides, The Barefoot Countess (1954), by Joseph Mankiewicz, begins in the rain, in a cemetery. Humphrey Bogart, in the skin of a Hollywood director, attends the funeral of Maria Vargas, shooting star in the sky of the 7e art. The sequence is unforgettable, like the memory of the sublime young woman (Ava Gardner, incandescent), whose trajectory Bogart recounts, through a series of embedded flashbacks, from a Madrid cabaret to film sets.
Carefully analyzed in a copious booklet by the team of Reviewed & correctedan excellent publication on heritage cinema, this bitter rereading of Cinderella, coupled with a mise en abyme on the world of cinema, is one of Joseph Mankiewicz’s most moving and flamboyant films. The director ofEve and of Cleopatra also looks back at length on his career in one of the many bonuses in this superb box set.
StudioCanal, box set of 12 DVDs (€79.99) or 10 Blu-Ray + 2 DVDs (€99.99)
Should I present it? Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville was as taciturn as his nocturnal thrillers, elegant as his cops in overcoats. Director of detective films passed in the pantheon of the 7e art like The Doulos, the Samurai, The Red Circlehis greatest success, he also delivered a memorable trilogy on the Occupation: The silence of the Seahis first feature film in 1947, Léon Morin, priest and Army of Shadows.
These films appear, in restored version, in this integral which includes six others, including a rarity, 24 Hours in the Life of a Clown, his only short film. Missing The Ferchaux Elder and The Second Windbut the booklet designed by Antoine de Baecque, author of a reference biography on the filmmaker, as well as the seven hours of bonus, fill this absence.
Romy Schneider and Claude Sautet. A creative crush
By Jean-Pierre Lavoignat,
Editions de La Martinière, 192 p., €32.90
Things of life (above), Max and the scrap dealers, Caesar and Rosalie, Mado, A simple story. Together, they shot five films, forming an unforgettable actress-filmmaker duo that gave its color to the 1970s. The “melancomic” goldsmith Jean-Loup Dabadie chiselled his most beautiful dialogues for them, and Philippe Sarde his marvelous melodies. They found each other when both were looking for each other artistically. They never left each other, in perfect state of osmosis, including shouting matches. ” This meeting, said Claude Sautet, enlightened us both. »
With delicacy and subtlety, Jean-Pierre Lavoignat describes, in a magnificent illustrated album, their relationship. These two anxious people flew from success to success. Between them, affection and admiration. They invented themselves together and radiated on the French cinema of that time, today inseparable from their “creative love at first sight”.
(Read also “Remember the Things of Life. The rewound masterpiece”, by Arnaud Corbic. Séguier, 162 p., €17.90)
100 animated movies you must have seen
By Bernard Genin,
Larousse, 216 pages, €25
At holiday time, it’s time to revise your classics! Here is a work, signed by a fine connoisseur, which pecks like a travel guide in the marvelous country of the animated image, Adventures of Prince Ahmeda paper-cut masterpiece by German director Lotte Reiniger (1926), the first animated feature film in history (eleven years before the Snow White from Disney), to Crossing (2021), another marvel in animated painting signed by the French director Florence Miailhe.
It is also strongly recommended to offer, on DVD, this epic of two children chased through an (almost) imaginary continent if it escaped you in theaters. Without forgetting to add under the tree a work that will feel good there: The Summit of the Gods, a perfectly mastered cartoon by Patrick Imbert on the quest of an obstinate mountaineer, which won the César 2022 for best animated film. A genre at its zenith!
In therapy. serial psychoanalysis
By Emilie Gavoille, Sophie Gindensperger, Guillaume Launay and Joffrey Ricome,
Gründ, 192 pages, €24.95
The series by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache broadcast on Arte, allowed viewers to lie down on Doctor Philippe Dayan’s couch and (re)discover the world of psychoanalysis. The concept of this book, carried out together by several journalists, is fascinating: take each patient in the series, identify their situation, describe their behavior and confront these fictional characters with the reality of the analysis, by interviewing many professionals in exercise: child psychiatrists, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists… Major themes are explained in a very lively introduction to this art of speaking and listening.
Source : BBN WORLD NEWS