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(aka "The Man Who Loved Women" )

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France 1977

"The Man Who Loved Women" by Francois Truffaut is the critically acclaimed film released in Europe in 1977 that is a comedy/adult drama that teaches quite an interesting lesson about men and women. Specifically the obsession of sex and carnal pleasure without the input of love, respect and commitment.

Bertrand Morane (Charles Denner), is a man who loves every woman he meets, literally. You can basically call him a leech, and sex addict, because he has never loved any women he has slept with. However in some cases the man tries to develop a relationship with these woman and it's the women and not him that are problem. One woman comes to mind. Delphine is a paranoid sex slut who likes to have sex in dangerous places for the thrills of it. She reminds of the type of woman I briefly have met and or even the schizophrenic "kitty", bondage like women who have rated my reviews (You know who you are). Later on we learn that she does it to spite her husband. Morane at first thinks Delphine likes him, but being a grown man and being smart enough to realize when he is being played for the fool, he soon realizes she is just using him. She is just a piece of trash that he had the pleasure and displeasure to be with. In a way this incident describes the problems for Morane, sometimes he meets really nice women who are afraid of commitment but like the sex (does feeding Morane's appetite for more sex without love), and other times he meets these nasty, gutter trash, unfeeling, abusive and self paranoid women wholl screw him in the end. Quite a sad story, and it gets sadder and at times funnier throughout. The flight attendant encounter he has is a pretty memorable fling, one those flings where Morane and his mate have fun, and both come away happy with their short term encounter.

Excerpt from collegegamer2002's comments on IMdb located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: April 27, 1977

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DVD Comparison:

MGM (US) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. MGM (Europe) - Region 2,4 - PAL

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Distribution

MGM (US)

Region 1 - NTSC

MGM (Europe)
Region 2,4 - PAL
Runtime 1:58:48 1:54:04 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1:66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.89 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.23 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio French Mono (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: Spanish Mono (DD 2.0)

French (DD 2.0 mono), DUBS: German (DD 2.0 mono), Italian (DD 2.0 mono), Spanish (DD 2.0 mono)

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Greek, Polish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM (US)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1:66:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date: 2001
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Chapters 16
 

Release Information:
Studio: MGM (Europe)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

 

DVD Release Date: August 4, 2003
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Chapters 16

 

Comments

The PAL edition appears to have the slightly superior image quality, but is darker, although skin tones look decidedly too red. I see some minor contrast boosting in the NTSC version. The PAL edition also has more subtitle and DUB options and an extra (trailer) that the Region 1 doesn't have. The PAL has some minimal cropping on the two side edges. It's a tough call on image - more to whatever your preference is (or whatever you can overlook). Personally, I can't stand contrast boosting so would go for the PAL (and get the trailer option as well).

- Gary Tooze

 


Recommended Reading on Truffaut /  French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

François Truffaut
by Annette Insdorf
HITCHCOCK (REVISED EDITION)
by Helen G. Scott, Francois Truffaut
The French New Wave: An Artistic School
by Michel Marie, Richard John Neupert, Richard Neupert
A History of the French New Wave Cinema
by Richard Neupert
French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

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MGM (US)

Region 1 - NTSC

MGM (Europe)
Region 2,4 - PAL

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PAL

Extras: PAL
Menu: tie



 

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