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(aka "Confidentially Yours" aka "Finally, Sunday")

 

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France 1983

 

François Truffaut's final film is comedy thriller with a Hitchcockian theme. Shot in the style of a classic American thriller - in crisp black and white - a company boss is accused of murdering his wife and her lover, and the evidence seems to support this. Whilst he is hiding from the police, his secretary takes on the role of detective and she uncovers illicit love affairs, prostitution rings and skeletons in everyone's closets before she uncovers the real culprit.

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Quite possibly my favorite of Truffaut's films - and unfortunately his swansong. It was his fun and fast paced ode to Noir and Hitchcock appropriately filmed in black and white. Starring his muse of the time, Fanny Ardent, who works out exceedingly well in her role. Unlike Hitch's apparent disdain for his female characters Truffaut applauds his ladies with an obvious romantic adoration. Vivement Dimanche! shows us one of the directors most unrecognized strengths - his versatility. One can almost sense a slight experimental vein in the creation process, perhaps harkening back to his Nouvelle Vague roots. Regardless, an intangible beauty in a prolific listing of film credits.

 

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Theatrical Release: 10 August 1983

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Comparison:

MK2 - Region 2 - PAL vs. Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the MK2 Review!

 

1) MK2 - Region 2 - PAL LEFT
2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Covers

 

or in the Truffaut Blu-ray Collection:

No point in wasting time, just buy the 12 Truffaut DVD set - all with English subtitles and many extras with English subs. Includes - Jules et Jim, La Peau douce (The Soft Skin), Les Deux anglaises et le continent (Two English Girls), La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door), Le Dernier métro (The Last Metro), Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows), Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses), Domicile conjugal (Bed and Board), L'Amour en fuite (Love on the Run), Vivement dimanche ! (Confidentially Yours), Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Pianist), and Fahrenheit 451.

Distribution

MK2

Region 2 - PAL

Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:50:11 1:50:48.166
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,059,553,258 bytes

Feature: 25,373,362,176 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.58 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate: Blu-ray
Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary: LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English and None English and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MK2

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Serge Toubiana presents the film (4:23)
• Commentary track by Jean-Louis Trintignant
• Reportage sur le tournage (2:36)
• Truffaut speaks about Hitchcock (8:54)
• Trailer (1:22)
• Francois Truffaut collection (12 trailers)
• Booklet (4 pages)
• NOTE
• The extra material on this DVD do not have English subtitles

DVD Release Date: February 20th, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 34

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye
 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,059,553,258 bytes

Feature: 25,373,362,176 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.58 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Presentation with Serge Toubiana (4:23)
• Commentary with Jean-Louis Trintignant with optional English subtitles
• Trailer (1:22)

Blu-ray Release Date: October 13th, 2014
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

 

 

Comments

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

 

ADDITION: Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (November 14'): What a beautiful looking film in 1080P! Like the other AE Truffaut Blu-ray this advances noticeably beyond the old SD transfer looking tighter and showing more information in the frame. The contrast is a strong point and Confidentially Yours is gorgeous in-motion.

 

Audio comes via a linear PCM 2.0 channel stereo track at 1536 kbps in the original French. It is predictably flat but exports some crispness in the higher end and a shade of depth. Georges Delerue, again, (Shoot the Piano Player, Jules et Jim, The Last Metro, Day For Night) did the score and it also benefits from the uncompressed rendering sounding particularly strong and buoyant. There are optional English subtitles (they are optional!) on the Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray disc.

 

Supplements replicate some of what was on the mk2 DVD with the Toubiana intro, the Jean-Louis Trintignant commentary - French with optional English subtitles, and a trailer. I love this film - Ardant was made for 'dark cinema' - it would have been grand to have her in the 40's and 50's. This gets a strong recommendation!

Gary W. Tooze

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ON THE DVD: It seems that Nestor Almendros has shot this film on High Contrasted material, that makes a very big shifting with black and white. There's also used some filters to make the picture more soft, to make the appearance look like old film-noir films.

What is intended and what is a mistake in reproducing this film to DVD I don't know. To me it looks a little to soft, when also the opening credits are so. Maybe as a relative new film MK2 have decided to use the tape-master that was already made some years ago.

Despite of that the DVD don't look at all bad. You can fully enjoy the film.

NOTE:
On this DVD the extra materials are not subtitled to English
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 - Per-Olof Strandberg






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Recommended Reading on Truffaut /  French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

François Truffaut
by Annette Insdorf
HITCHCOCK (REVISED EDITION)
by Helen G. Scott, Francois Truffaut
The French New Wave: An Artistic School
by Michel Marie, Richard John Neupert, Richard Neupert
A History of the French New Wave Cinema
by Richard Neupert
French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

Check out more in "The Library"


 

Box Covers

 

or in the Truffaut Blu-ray Collection:

No point in wasting time, just buy the 12 Truffaut DVD set - all with English subtitles and many extras with English subs. Includes - Jules et Jim, La Peau douce (The Soft Skin), Les Deux anglaises et le continent (Two English Girls), La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door), Le Dernier métro (The Last Metro), Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows), Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses), Domicile conjugal (Bed and Board), L'Amour en fuite (Love on the Run), Vivement dimanche ! (Confidentially Yours), Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Pianist), and Fahrenheit 451.

Distribution

MK2

Region 2 - PAL

Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray




 

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