(aka 'The Girls')

Directed by Mai Zetterling
Sweden 1968

 

  Three actresses prepare to go on the road in a theater production of Lysistrata, Aristophanes' classic comic play about women and war. As they re-asses and deal with the problems of their respective lives, they recognize parallels with the play and begin to realize that it is serious - even tragic - after all.


The Girls is actress Mai Zetterling's fourth feature film as a director and is a key work in feminist cinema, presenting the eccentric, often funny and very positive way the three women's minds work. In Le Monde, Simon de Beauvoir enthused "All the images have multiple dimensions, the theatrical scenes reflect real life... Ironic and comic, this film moves us by the beauty of its landscapes, its poetry and above all subtle tenderness."

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Theatrical Release: September 16th, 1968

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DVD Review: New Yorker Video - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:40:12 
Video 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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Audio Swedish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, None
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Studio: New Yorker Video
Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.663:1

Edition Details:

• "Lines From The Heart" (1996), Christina Olofson's 73 minute film homage to Mai Zetterling that re-unites the 3 stars of THE GIRLS
• Filmographies of stars Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson and Gunnel Lindblom

DVD Release Date: September 12th, 2006

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

Another highly textured image from Project X (Oliver Groom) and distributed by New Yorker Video who brought us Peter Watkins - Punishment Park, The Gladiators, The War Game / Culloden and Edvard Munch - plus another Mai Zetterling work - Loving Couples. This new image is clean with thick grain and stunning contrast. In fact for some it might appear too heavy, but I feel confident that this is an accurate representation of the film. Audio was clear and optional subtitles (well rendered) are offered in English and French.

Extras include a 73 minute, optionally subtitled, film homage to director Zetterling - it brings together Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson and Gunnel Lindblom in a kind of ad-hoc nostalgic retrospective about the film and Mai. It is a nice supplement. On top of that are text bios of the cast.

It is a real pleasure to review such competent DVD production work as this. An excellent choice of film, rarely seen in North America, and everything is done with loving efficiency. A strongly recommended DVD!  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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