S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'The Gleaners & I' or 'The Gleaners and I)
directed by Agnès
There's a suggestive discrepancy between the French and English titles of this
wonderful essay film completed by Agnes Varda last year. It's a distinction that
tells us something about the French sense of community and the Anglo-American
sense of individuality -- concepts that are virtually built into the two
languages. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse can be roughly translated as "the
gleaners and the female gleaner," with the plural noun masculine only in the
sense that all French nouns are either masculine or feminine. The Gleaners and I
sets up an implicit opposition between "people who glean" and the filmmaker,
whereas Les glaneurs et la glaneuse links them, asserting that she's one
Theatrical Release: July 6th, 2000 (TV)
DVD Review: Zeitgeist Video - Region 1 - NTSC
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Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.49 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.
|Audio||French (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (59:22)
notes by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott
Not a fatally poor image, but a weak one to be sure. Non-progressive (note combing in last large capture) and sometimes appearing a little saturated, the image has some artifacts and appears to have been taken from an analog source. I dislike the yellow subtitles, but applaud the addition of The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later.
Good liner notes and a decent package if only the image were improved. Well, we will take what we can get. The film is strongly recommended.
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