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(aka "Cérémonie d'amour")

 

directed by Walerian Borowcyzk
France 1988

 

Hugo (Matthieu Carriere, MALPERTUIS) gets side-tracked from his trip to pick up some valuable vintage Fortuny dresses when he sites enigmatic prostitute Myriam (Marina Pierro, THE ART OF LOVE) on the Metro. Myriam is no mere prostitute. Carrying herself with the air of a courtesan (or a geisha), she lets Hugo pursue her and capture her. She gets him to confess his secret desires to her in the pews of an old church and he allows himself to be lead blind through the streets by her. They consummate the physical part of their relationship within the idyllic plant- and butterfly-filled apartment of Myriam's "friend" Sara Sand but when Hugo cannot shed his masculine ego Myriam soon turns the tables and assumes dominance in a gruesome manner. Based on the novel "Everything Disappears" by Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues (Borowcyzk's LA MARGE and Jack Cardiff's GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE), LOVE RITES is simplistic in plot yet utterly stylish in execution as one would expect from Borowczyk with festishic attention to objects, delicate lighting, and painterly composition. Like most male roles in Borowczyk's films, Carriere's performance is merely functional but he is not asked to do much; in fact, his lack of facial expression intentionally suggests a stasis of personality compared to the multi-faceted nature of Pierro's character and the obsessive attention of the camera to her face as she makes it up on the train.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 30 March 1989

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DVD Comparison:

Cult Epics (Director's Cut) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Cult Epics (Complete Version) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Pagan Films - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Screen Caps!

(Cult Epics (Director's Cut) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Cult Epics (Complete Version) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Pagan Films - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Cult Epics

Region 1 - NTSC

Cult Epics
Region 1 - NTSC
Pagan Films
Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:26:21 (4% PAL speedup) 1:36:21 (4% PAL speedup) 1:23:25 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.48:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.49:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.44:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.76 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.

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Cult Epics (Director's Cut)

 

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Cult Epics (Complete Version)

 

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Pagan Films

 

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

Subtitles English, none English, none English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Cult Epics

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.48:1

Edition Details:
• Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
Amaray

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: Cult Epics

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.49:1

Edition Details:
• Production Still Gallery
 

DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
Amaray

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: Pagan Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.44:1

Edition Details:
• none

 

DVD Release Date: 29 March 2004
Amaray

Chapters 5

 

Comments

All three transfers are interlaced (exhibiting heavy combing) but both the complete and director's cuts on Cult Epic's double-sided DVD feature better contrast, color, and sharpness (although a degree of the softness is certainly intentional, see THE ART OF LOVE review). The subtitles are also optional. The photo galleries on both sides are not duplicates. The gallery on the complete cut side features production stills while the one on the director's cut side features behind the scenes photographs.

 

The Cult Epic's transfers are PAL-converted, the native PAL Pagan DVD is not only interlaced with burnt-in subtitles but it runs shorter than the director's cut on the Cult Epics disc (although the Pagan disc was passed with no cuts by the BBFC). Neither disc is a great representation of the film but the Cult Epics' release has two cuts of the film and better color. All three transfers are non-anamorphic and their matting could be described as hard-matted without new video mattes (flare sometimes bleeds over the mattes). The Pagan edition has been reissued in the UK (with a nicer cover) by Hanzibar Films.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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(Cult Epics (Director's Cut) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Cult Epics (Complete Version) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Pagan Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


(Cult Epics (Director's Cut) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Cult Epics (Complete Version) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Pagan Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


(Cult Epics (Director's Cut) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Cult Epics (Complete Version) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Pagan Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


(Cult Epics (Director's Cut) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Cult Epics (Complete Version) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Pagan Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


(Cult Epics (Director's Cut) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Cult Epics (Complete Version) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Pagan Films - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


 

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Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 1 - NTSC
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