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(aka "A Full Day's Work" aka "Une journée bien remplie ou Neuf meurtres insolites dans une même journée par un seul homme dont ce n'est pas le métier")

 

Directed by Jean-Louis Trintignant
France / Italy 1973

 

In this black-as-night French-Italian comedy, Jacques Dufilho (Nosferatu the Vampyre) plays a father who has carefully planned the execution of the nine jurors who sent his son to the gallows. Dressed in black, on a black motorcycle with his elderly mother (Luce Marquand, Last Tango in Paris) in the sidecar, the vengeful man calmly and methodically does away with each of the nine in the span of a single day—before the police or anyone else can stop him. Maestro Bruno Nicolai (All the Colors of the Dark, The Antichrist) scored this anarchic and audacious film featuring wildly imaginative murder set-pieces concocted by legendary actor Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, And Hope to Die) in his directorial debut.

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A father plans to kill in the same day the 9 members of the jury who condemned his son to death.

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Theatrical Release: March 8th, 1973

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

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:28:57.915        
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1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,003,158,884 bytes

Feature: 28,842,498,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio French 1958 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1958 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

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: 30,003,158,884 bytes

Feature: 28,842,498,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critic and Author Simon Abrams
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Blu-ray Release Date:
September 28th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (September 2021): Kino have transferred Jean-Louis Trintignant's A Full Day's Work to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "4K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative". Despite that, it is quite green and has plenty of teal. It's fairly consistent, if certainly not scaling the heights of the format. It is flat with rough textures. I eventually got used to it and it wasn't a poor viewing just a less-remarkable one.   

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original French language. A Full Day's Work has a few aggressive moments that come through with modest depth. There is a score by Bruno Nicolai (The Colors of the Dark, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, Sartana Will Pay, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, Face to Face, The Perverse Countess, Torso, Ten Little Indians, Pasolini's Hawks and the Sparrows), Mahler's symphonies, Bach cantatas, plus carnival-esque music that runs throughout. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by film critic and author Simon Abrams. He defends Trintignant's directorial debut A Full Day's Work very well. There are parallels to Jacques Tati's work - with intentional pacing, sparse dialogue and how the director is pushing the limits of the undefined genre tropes that it is encompassing. He discusses tonal shifts, the music (Mahler's symphony), Buñuel-like surrealism, how it is conceptually-exhausting, and much more. He reads quotes by Trintignant - not necessarily about A Full Day's Work. There is an interesting anecdote with Klaus Kinski (they did not get along.) He's very thorough and finds deep references about this less-discussed film while taking occasional pauses. There are also trailers although none for A Full Day's Work.  

I read the plot of Jean-Louis Trintignant's A Full Day's Work and was very keen thinking it may be similar to Kind Hearst and Coronets. It's not although has very dry humor and a French leaning to the absurd. I guess it is still a very black-comedy. There is very limited dialogue - 'patience-testing pacing' (as Abrams describes) - and almost seems like an odd attempt at being a different brand of cinema. That could be appealing to some. I struggled - but watched till the end and began at accept the film's idiosyncratic nature eventually. The Kino Blu-ray is at their usual level - with, unfortunately, what appears top be a compromised source, but the Abrams' commentary will shed plenty of light. Open-minded cinephiles should be keen. 

Gary Tooze

 


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