(aka "A Gorgeous Bird Like Me" or "A Gorgeous Girl Like Me" or "Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me")

 

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France 1972

 

Francois Truffaut's 1973 film was meant as a tribute to Bernadette Lafont, who appeared in Truffaut's early short Les mistons and went on to become the Nouvelle vague's most memorable embodiment of earthy sexuality in such films as The Mother and the Whore and A Very Curious Girl. Here she's a country girl accused of assassinating a whole string of lovers; she tells her story to criminologist Andre Dussollier, who gradually falls under her spell as well. Lafont is lively and charming, yet the film seems little more than a remake of The Bride Wore Black in a strained comic mode; the hommages to Hitchcock and Hawks accrue at a rate that suggests Truffaut has no new thoughts of his own to bring to the subject.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr's review at The Chicago Reader located HERE

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Theatrical Release: France 13 September 1972

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DVD Review: Cinema Club - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

 

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Distribution

Cinema Club

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 93:57 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1:1.33 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 6.97 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Cinema Club

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1.33

Edition Details:
• Making Of Featurette (11:06 / 4:3)
• Truffaut & Lafont (2:09 / 4:3)
• Trailer (1:56 / 4:3)

DVD Release Date: 19 Feb 2007
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Comments:

Well, well, well ...
I was really hoping for a better transfer of these film, than the one we received. It's not a disaster, but one of those average transfer's made from an old source. I believe this film was shot as Open Matte and the intended screen ratio should be 1:1.66. The image seems also a little bit zoomed in. On a projector it has an analog appearance. The colors seems washed out and dull. Some dark scenes are blocked. There are compression artefacts visible. The positive is that the image is fairly sharp.

The sound is clean and free from pop and hiss, but feels a little bit too narrow.

The subtitles are quite far down in the frame, and they require some adjustment if the image is zoomed in in 16:9 TV sets.

It seems that we have to wait for a proper DVD of these title in a correct ratio and preferably from a restored print. For now those who want to see the film, may desire this up. It's fully watchable and for the first time with English subtitles on DVD.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 



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