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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

Directed by Agnès Varda
France 1977

 

In the early 1960s in Paris, two young women become friends. Pomme is an aspiring singer. Suzanne is a pregnant country girl unable to support a third child. Pomme lends Suzanne the money for an illegal abortion, but a sudden tragedy soon separates them. Ten years later, they reunite at a demonstration and pledge to keep in touch via postcard, as each of their lives is irrevocably changed by the women’s liberation movement. A buoyant hymn to sisterly solidarity rooted in the hard-won victories of a generation of women, One Sings, the Other Doesn‘t is one of Agnès Varda’s warmest and most politically trenchant films, a feminist musical for the ages.

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In this story of friendship and reproductive rights, 14 years in the relationship between two very dissimilar women are chronicled. Pauline (Valerie Mairesse) is a middle-class city girl, at odds with her very conventional family. Suzanne (Therese Liotard) is several years older, a country girl with two illegitimate children and another (whom she cannot support) on the way. Pauline loans Suzanne money for an (illegal) abortion. At this point, the two separate and communicate mainly through postcards. Some years later, they meet at an abortion rally, and they have many adventures and stories to share with one another.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: March 9th, 1977

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Review: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Also part of Artificial Eye's The Agnès Varda Blu-ray Collection

Distribution Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:02:00.271        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,660,259,622 bytes

Feature: 36,434,386,944 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.63 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio French 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Criterion

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,660,259,622 bytes

Feature: 36,434,386,944 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.63 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Women Are Naturally Creative: Agnès Varda, a 1977 documentary directed by Katja Raganelli, featuring an interview with Varda shot during the making of the film, plus on-set interviews with actors Valérie Mairesse and Thérèse Liotard (45:51)
Réponse de femmes, a 1975 short film by Varda, on the question “What is a woman?” (8:54)
Plaisir d’amour en Iran, a 1976 short film by Varda, starring Mairesse and Ali Raffi (6:38)
Trailer (1:50)
PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from the film’s original press book


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 28th, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

NOTE: Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B'  Blu-ray -  Curzon / Artificial Eye's 8 Blu-ray disc is on The Agnès Varda Collection set that includes Vagabond, La Pointe Courte, Cleo From 5 To 7, Le Bonheur, L'une Chante, L'autre Pas, Jacquot De Nantes, The Gleaners and I and The Beaches Of Agnes.

ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (May 2019): The Criterion starts with this text screen "L'UNE CHANTE L'AUTRE PAS directed in 1976 by AGNES VARDA on 35mm silver color stock in a 1.66 format was restored by Cine Tamaris in 2014 at the laboratory-ciair with the support of the CA . The 2k digital restoration of the images was done from a 2k scan of the original negative. The color grading was supervised by Agnes Varda and the DP Charlie Van Damme."  The 1080P image has some green-blue-teal-leaning but shows pleasant earthy-browns, consistent, fine grain and an impressive film-like appearance in the 1.66:1 frame.

On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original French language. It is also restored; "the sound restoration was made by L.E. Diapason from the original 35mm magnetic mix." It is flat but clear and consistent via the lossless mono transfer. The Criterion BD offers optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

For supplements, Criterion include the 3/4 hour 1977 documentary "Women Are Naturally Creative: Agnès Varda" directed by Katja Raganelli, featuring an interview with Varda shot during the making of the film, plus on-set interviews with actors Valérie Mairesse and Thérèse Liotard. Criterion also include the Varda short, Women Reply (1975). It starts with "REPONSE DE FEMMES was directed in 1975 by AGNES VARDA on 35mm argentic color stock in a 1.33 format was restored by Gine Tamaris in 2015 at the laboratory Eclair Group. The 2k digital restoration of the images was done from a 2k scan of the original 35mm internegative. The color grading was supervised by Agnes Varda. The sound restoration was made by L E Diapason from the original 35mm magnetic mix." Described on IMDb as "What does being a woman really mean? How do women live the status society reserves for them? A group of women, beautiful or not, young or not, gifted with motherly instinct or not, answer before Agnès Varda's camera." Also included is with restoration described "PLAISIR D'AMOUR EN IRAN was directed in 1976 by AGNES VARDA on 35mm argentic color stock in a 1.66 panoramic format was restored by Cine Tamaris in 2015 at the laboratory Eclair Group. The 2k digital restoration of the images was done from a 2k scan of the original 35mm negative. The color grading was supervised by Agnes Varda. The sound restoration was made by L.E. Diapason from the original 35mm magnetic mix." The film is about a couple who find their erotic love mirrored perfectly in the architecture and mosaics of Iran. There is also a trailer and the included liner notes booklet has an essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from the film’s original press book.

One Sings, the Other Doesn't is a poignant film about the lives of two women in 1970s France who share various pivotal experiences of each others' lives accepting the, often, strident differences in their personas. It is such a pleasure to enjoy Varda in HD via the Criterion collection. It's a film I am very happy to own it on Blu-ray. An absolute recommendation! 

Gary Tooze

 


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