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(aka "La donna della domenica" or "La femme du dimanche" or "The Sunday Woman")

 

Directed by Luigi Comencini
Italy / France 1975

 

An odious architect is beaten to death and a high society wife (Jacqueline Bisset, Day for Night) and her gay friend (Jean-Louis Trintignant, The Conformist) are the key suspects with a discarded letter implicating them in the crime. Commissioner Santamaria (Marcello Mastroianni, Fellini's 8 ) is assigned to the case and tries to uncover the murder suspect in upper-class Turin. With a murder mystery narrative worthy of Agatha Christie, The Sunday Woman is also a sharp critique of Turin's upper crust. The screenplay, by the celebrated duo Age & Scarpelli, famed for their masterpieces in the Commedia all'Italiana boom including Big Deal on Madonna Street and The Organizer, is a whip-smart adaptation of the best-selling novels by Carlo Fruttero and Franco Lucentini with the lead character of Santamaria inspired by the real-life head of the Flying Squad.

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The investigation of the murder of ambiguous architect Garrone takes Police Commissioner Santamaria to the Turinese high society, but the results are unclear. In the meanwhile, another murder takes place.

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Theatrical Release: December 16th, 1975

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Review: Radiance Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Radiance Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:49:18.051        
Video

1.85:1 / 1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,904,135,520 bytes

Feature: 23,286,648,192 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 942 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 942 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 / 1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,904,135,520 bytes

Feature: 23,286,648,192 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Newly filmed interview with academic and Italian cinema expert Richard Dyer, who looks at The Sunday Woman (2022, 18:16)
Archival interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli who discusses his work on the film (2008, 22:11)
Newly filmed interview with academic and screenwriter Giacomo Scarpelli, who discusses the life and work of his father, Furio Scarpelli and his writing partner Agenore Incrocci (2022, 36:01)
Archival French TV interview with Jean-Louis Trintignant in which the actor discusses The Sunday Woman (1976, 4:28)
Trailer (3:38)
Reversible sleeve featuring designs based on original posters
 

Blu-ray Release Date: May 2nd, 2023
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Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Radiance Films Blu-ray (April 2023): Radiance Films have transferred Luigi Comencini's The Sunday Woman to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "2K restoration of the film from the original negative, presented in the original 1.33:1 and an alternate 1.85:1 widescreen presentation". The two aspect ratios are, obviously, separate transfers and we can see it is basically information removed from the top and bottom edges for the 1.85:1. There is a supportive bitrate for both ratios on the dual-layered disc and the 1080P is quite competent. There is depth, appealing detail in close-ups and true, unembellished, colors. A consistent film-like texture exists and there are few speckles and no damage. 

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On their Blu-ray, Radiance Films use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original Italian language. The Sunday Woman has post-DUB'ing - which was obvious but presumably authentic. There is little depth challenging the transfer. There is another effective playful score by the iconic Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, The Fifth Cord, Luna, A Bullet for the General, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, U Turn, Stay As You Are etc. etc.) Centomila violoncelli is performed by Italo Janne as well as Whisky performed by Sergio Leonardi.  It all sounds clean with only modest buoyancy in the lossless transfer. Radiance Films offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Radiance Films Blu-ray offers many extras. There is an 18-minute newly filmed interview with academic and Italian cinema expert Richard Dyer, who discusses many hidden layers within The Sunday Woman including themes of class and sexuality. Included is a 36-minute newly filmed interview with academic and screenwriter Giacomo Scarpelli, who discusses the life and work of his father, Furio Scarpelli who adapted the script with his long time his writing partner Agenore Incrocci. There is also a 2008 interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli who discusses his work on The Sunday Women - it was filmed by Federico Caddeo. Lastly is a 4-minute 1976 archival French TV, Allons au Cinema, interview with Jean-Louis Trintignant in which the actor discusses The Sunday Woman. There is a trailer and the package has a reversible sleeve featuring designs based on original posters.

Luigi Comencini's The Sunday Woman is a fairly passive thriller with interesting, mysterious characters. There are bits of humor and obvious class distinction running parallel to the story. The Sunday Woman has artwork (including an imposing stone phallus weapon), sexuality (Bisset being at once sly, confident and kittenish) and a desirable estate property at the crux of the distasteful, selfish, mercenary behaviors. There is a cold practicality in the subtext with objects of perceived value eclipsing individuals. The Sunday Woman is intelligent - making a disturbing point of devolving humanity. The Radiance Film's Blu-ray has strong, authentic, a/v and a host of informative supplements. Curious film fans of Marcello Mastroianni, Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Louis Trintignant should give this a chance. I intend to revisit.

Gary Tooze

 


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