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France 1992

 

Simenon wrote the novel Betty, about a woman who walks into a Paris bar out of the rain. Drunk, unhappy, smoking one cigarette after the next, she is picked up by a man who drives her to a seedy bar in Versailles. The man says he is a doctor but is in fact a drug addict; Betty is rescued by a woman in the bar, a rich widow who offers her a bed for the night in a nearby luxury hotel.

There is no plot, but we are hooked. We do not know who Betty is, why she is drunk, who the widow is, or why she is friendly. We learn more about the bar than its patrons. The place is called The Hole, and it is run by a man named Mario who collects the "twisted" - those with something that sets them outside the ordinary. All of the patrons seem to know about each other's twists.

Chabrol's new film "Betty" is based on the novel. We are able to see how he begins with an actor's face instead of Simenon's blank page. The face belongs to Marie Trintignant, whose father is a famous actor and mother a famous director. It is a pretty face - at times seductive and playful - but when we first see her, she is bruised, there are dark circles under her eyes, she looks as helpless as a drowned cat. All she wants to do is drink and smoke and sleep. If a man will buy her drinks, she does not care what happens then.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's revieww at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 19th, 1992

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DVD Review: MK2 - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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The Claude Chabrol Collection from MK2 includes the following five films: Betty, L'Enfer, Poulet, au vinaigre, Inspecteur Lavardin and Masques. They have all English subtitles on the main feature, but not on the extra material.

Distribution

MK2

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 99:26 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1:1.66 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MK2

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.66

Edition Details:
• Presentation of the film by Joel Magny (2:48)
• Scene commentary by Claude Chabrol (30:50)
• Claude Chabrol Collection trailers (11 films)

DVD Release Date: 16 october 2002
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Comments Quite a reasonable DVD, even though it seems that the tape-master is not a new one. When projected on a screen there's a lot of visible edge enhancement during. Many parts are photographed indoors in low light, and the DVD reproduction of it isn't the best. Overall the film feels a little bit soft. Much of the film focuses in close-ups of the wonderfully acting of Marie Trintignant.

The sound fells a little bit too narrow, even for a mono film.

The extras are not subtitled.

The Claude Chabrol Collection from MK2 includes the following five films: Betty, L'Enfer, Poulet,au vinaigre, Inspecteur Lavardin and Masques. They have all English subtitles on the main feature, but not on the extra material. They can also be bought separately.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 

 





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French Cinema: A Student's Guide
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Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
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by Remi Fournier Lanzoni

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The Claude Chabrol Collection from MK2 includes the following five films: Betty, L'Enfer, Poulet, au vinaigre, Inspecteur Lavardin and Masques. They have all English subtitles on the main feature, but not on the extra material.

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MK2

Region 2 - PAL




 

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