(aka 'Money')

 

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France 1983

 

A forged 500-franc note makes the rounds as it is passed from person to person and shop to shop. It eventually, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to turn to crime and murder...

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Theatrical Release: May 18th, 1983

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DVD Review: New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:20:44 
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 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 (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Kent Jones author of L'Argent (BFI Modern Classics) 

• Marguerite Duras on Bresson (1:27)
• TF1 interview with Bresson (6:16)
• TSR interview with Bresson (12:55)
• Theatrical trailer (:27)

DVD Release Date: May 24th, 2005

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Comments:

Undoubtedly this was a licensed port from the MK2 Boxset edition reviewed HERE. Although colors are strong in the New Yorker edition they are decidedly different than in the MK2. There is a bit of a dull-greenish haze to the New Yorker and the image is slightly brighter. It's hard to know with definite assurance whose color scheme is more correct, but looking at large captures # 4, I would estimate the MK2 is closer to theatrical.

Looking at the very last large captures we can see 'combing' or 'trailing'. This indicates that the transfer was not 'progressive' meaning each frame was not transferred individually. I also suspect that the total time is really a PAL time and hazy motion sequences can verify that. Although not typical 'ghosting' it was really only evident on obtaining captures. We will eventually verify.

Positives of the New Yorker package are that , like the MK2, it is 16X9 enhanced and framed at the correct aspect ratio of 1.66. English subtitles are optional and are well done. The image is bright if hazy in segments.

The biggest attribute include on the New Yorker (and not on the MK2) is the addition of the Kent Jones commentary. Kent wrote the BFI Modern Classics paperback on the film (HERE). It is very interesting - he has a lot to say.

Also included as extra features are the duplicate (same as MK2's) Marguerite Duras brief comments, the TF1 interview with Bresson (6:16) and the TSR interview with Bresson. Both latter interviews are golden to Bresson fans and they were done right after Cannes 1983 where Bresson won Best Director and L'Argent best film. I can see a number of Bresson fans, who own the MK2 Boxset, also buying this New Yorker edition for the excellent Kent Jones commentary.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Combing evident - not progressively transferred
 

 

Recommended Reading in French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
by Ginette Vincendeau
 
Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
by James Quandt
The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno

 

 

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