(aka "Code Inconnu" or "Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys")

directed by Michael Haneke
France 1990

Aptly subtitled "Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys," the fifth feature by Austrian director Michael Haneke (2000, 117 min.), his best to date, is a procession of long virtuoso takes that typically begin and end in the middle of actions or sentences, constituting not only an interactive jigsaw puzzle but a thrilling narrative experiment comparable to Alain Resnais' Je t'aime, je t'aime, Jacques Rivette's Out 1, and Rob Tregenza's Talking to Strangers. The film's second episode is a nine-minute street scene involving an altercation between an actress (Juliette Binoche in a powerful performance), her boyfriend's younger brother, an African music teacher who works with deaf-mute students, and a woman beggar from Romania; the other episodes effect a kind of narrative dispersal of these characters and some of their relatives across time and space.

- Excerpt of Jonathan Rosenbaum's review from the Chicago Reader, full review HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 19, 2000 - France

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DVD Review: Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Donald Brown for the Review!

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Runtime 1:52:00 (4% PAL speedup)

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.51 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.

Audio French - Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:55)
• Making of documentary (27:25)
• Introduction by Michael Haneke (4:27)
• Filming the Boulevard (11:29)
• Filmographies
• Director's statement (text)

DVD Release Date: November 19, 2001

Chapters 46

Comments This is a port of the French mk2 DVD. It's a crisp anamorphic transfer with moderate film grain and slightly cool colors; there are no blemishes to the print apart from rare instances of dust spots. The extras are very good, especially the Making Of documentary, which reveals the care and attention to detail put into the film. This is no doubt better than the Region 1 edition by Kino, reviews of which indicate it's non-anamorphic, suffers from print damage, and is a PAL-to-NTSC transfer.

 - Donald Brown


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by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau 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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