(aka 'Donne facili' or 'The Girls' or 'The Good Girls' or 'The Good Time Girls')

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France / Italy 1960

 

  Be careful. Claude Chabrol's early film can initially under-whelm, especially in the first 9/10th's of the narrative, but upon re-examination it appears to address a number of prevalent themes and issues. Especially that love and danger can wander very close together. It starts by representing a drab and dingy Paris of the early sixties with pretty four shop-keeping girls who are looking for love, whilst fending off the advances of two obvious would-be lothario's. While their lecherous and petty boss savors every opportunity to deliver an almost comedic dressing down, the girls find emotional escape by casually flirting with delivery men, wandering the nightclubs or gossiping about the enigmatic motorcyclist following Jacqueline, the doe-eyed romantic. For the vulnerable, timid Jacqueline, his dogged persistence can only signify the true love in which she fervently longs for. Her nagging suspicions are too easily overcome and even this potential beau, named Andre, is aware of her failing. Claude Chabrol's film is a deft blend of frank eroticism, moments of Hitchcockian suspense and the cinematic derring-do of the best of the French New Wave.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: April 22nd, 1960

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Distribution Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:32:30 
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.71 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 (ingrained)
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Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

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DVD Release Date: September 26th, 2000

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It is stated on IMdb that the aspect ratio is meant to be 1.85 but I believe this Kino edition is correct with a 1.66 AR. There are quite a few flaws with the disc, but it was released when the direction of this digital medium was still under some presumption of popularity. No extras and only chapter menu screens. It is non-anamorphic and non-progressive. Burned-in subtitles mar a bit of the viewing experience and they don't appear to be perfectly translated either. So for an analog transfer it is not too bad though - decent shadow detail and I don't think they monkey'd with the image. This is a darn good, and important, film and since I know of no other edition, with recommend this Kino DVD till something superior comes along (which may never happen)

Gary W. Tooze

 





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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 Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard Claude Chabrol (French Film Directors)
by Guy Austin
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
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni

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