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(aka "Le corps de mon ennemi" or "The Body of my Enemy" or "Body of My Enemy")

 

Directed by Henri Verneuil
France 1976

 

Screen legend Jean-Paul Belmondo (Le Doulos, The Hunter Will Get You) teams up with director Henri Verneuil (The Sicilian Clan, The Night Caller) and co-writer Michel Audiard (Le Professionnel, Le Marginal) for this stylish revenge drama. François Leclercq (Belmondo) once romanced the beautiful Gilberte Liégard (Marie-France Pisier, Trans-Europ-Express), daughter of a powerful textile baron (Bernard Blier, Buffet Froid). Now only hatred holds them together. Framed for murder and imprisoned for seven years, François returns to his hometown seeking vengeance. He needs friends. And friends are hard to come by in his town. Featuring masterful cinematography by Jean Penzer (The Inheritor) and a rousing score by Francis Lai (Love Story), The Body of My Enemy is a unique, twist-filled neo-noir that offers a sharp critique of the French upper classes—with the ultra-suave Belmondo in top form.

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Francois always despised the textile barons who ruled his local town. But he fell in love with the family heiress Gilberte. Ten years ago, he would have married her. Now only hatred holds them together. Francois is accused of murder. A hooker and a football star lie slaughtered. He thinks he has been framed by the mob. Going underground, he finds that the trail leads all the way to the top - to Gilberte's family. He needs friends. And friends are hard to come by in his town.

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Theatrical Release: October 13th, 1976

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:01:34.870        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,467,091,447 bytes

Feature: 39,917,629,440 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.40 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio French 1968 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1968 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,467,091,447 bytes

Feature: 39,917,629,440 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.40 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
• Theatrical Trailer (4:29)


Blu-ray Release Date: April 5th, 2022

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Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (April 2022): Kino have transferred Henri Verneuil's The Body of My Enemy to Blu-ray. Typical of Kino, this is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. The source is generally strong with a few inconsistencies looking a bit faded and green in occasional interiors. There is fine grain and depth. The 1080P is clean and provides a pleasing HD presentation - I believe an authentic representation of the existing source. We can't ask for much more.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original French language. The Body of My Enemy is not a typical Belmondo action flic but there are a few aggressive moments and an appealing score by prolific Francis Lai (And Hope to Die, Rider on the Rain, Love Story, Bilitis, A Man and a Woman) adding flavors to the narrative via the lossless transfer. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by my favorite trifecta of Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson. They have done commentaries for a few Jean-Paul Belmondo, but this is the first since his passing (September 6th, 2021) - R.I.P. They fill the running time discussing The Body of My Enemy as being atypical of the actors films surrounding this production - being less action-filled, although he remains suave and calculating as the revenge-seeking protagonist. They talk about the impressive Francis Lai score, how Belmondo was as big a movie star as anyone in America, co-star Marie-France Pisier - her remarkable beauty and her career of varied performances plus the different cinematic styles employed to tell the story of The Body of My Enemy plus significantly more. I enjoy them insights very much and this is no exception. There is also a trailer for the film and reversible cover artwork (see below.)

Henri Verneuil's (Greed in the Sun, The Sicilian Clan) film, The Body of My Enemy, is  really all Belmondo - with the camera rarely leaving his presence. He's the good-natured businessman screwed by corruption - framed for murder and given reprieve after 7-years in prison. He obviously had time to think and doesn't let his hatred and disconcerting relationship with hottie wife, Marie-France Pisier (as Gilberte Liégard), cloud his goal - finding the truth and exacting revenge. It would probably quality as neo-noir, although I always kept thinking of a more modern version of The Count of Monte Cristo. The Body of My Enemy is a film I had never seen before and I gained more appreciation for subtly macho Belmondo. The Kino Blu-ray provides HD a/v and a fulfilling commentary. More cerebral than violent-based, it is above-average and we certainly recommend!

Gary Tooze

 


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