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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Criminal story" or "Who's Got the Black Box" or "The Road to Corinth" or "Dhromos tis Korinthou, O" )
Italy / France / Greece 1967


One of the most outrageous films from Chabrol's first 'commercial' period, before Les Biches renewed critical interest in the wayward New Wave instigator. Released here cut, dubbed and lacking an essential prologue featuring a mad illusionist, lumbered with the title Who's Got the Black Box? in the States, it's a wonderfully maddening mix of clattering allusions (to Greek tragedy and Hitchcock), characteristic black humour, and stunning visual irrelevancies, all poured into the deliberately banal mould of the spy thriller. 'I do not ask you to believe it, but I suggest that you dream about it' runs the film's opening epigraph. 'The silliness was more important than the spying' runs Chabrol's own retrospective line.


Theatrical Release: France 27 October 1967

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DVD Review: Pathfinder - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Runtime 1:36:36

1:1.78 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.02 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)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Pathfinder

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.78

Edition Details:
• Biographies
• Still Gallery

DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
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Comments A very typical Claude Chabrol transfer from Pathfinder. The source material is old, probably from a PAL master tape, giving us combing, ghosting, and two pictures above each other, in the picture changes. They have used a Digital program the improve the picture quality, but the bigger the picture get, the more the shaking and moving image
disturbs you. The picture seems to be cropped from 1:1.66 to fit 16:9 screens, and it doesn't give justice to the picture composition. There's some dirt and dust in the beginning and ends of the film reels, and on my computer screen quite much small digital color artifacts.

The sound is clean mono sound. There's not any extras to mention!

But maybe we should be happy to have this on DVD

 - Per-Olof Strandberg



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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
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