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(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

 

A sociologist researching a book interviews murderess Camille, who tells him the story of her life. Put in a reform school as a child for suspected patricide, and later transferred to an orphanage, she escaped and tricked a young man called Clovis into marrying her. After attempting to kill Clovis' mother, she fled to Paris, where she began an affair with a night-club singer. Camille has left a trail of destruction and deceit in her wake, which now threatens to engulf the sociologist.

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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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Comparison:

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

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

 

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

 

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Distribution

Cinema Club

Region 2 - PAL

Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:33:57 (4% PAL speedup) 1:38:07.041
Video

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

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,527,625,598 bytes

Feature: 20,629,045,248 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate

Bitrate Blu-ray

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English, None 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
Keep Case in a slip case

Chapters 25

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye
 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,527,625,598 bytes

Feature: 20,629,045,248 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Presentation with Serge Toubiana (1:40)
• Commentary with Claude De Givray with optional English subtitles

• Short Film: The Mischief Makers (18:14)
• Trailer (1:40)

Blu-ray Release Date: September 15th, 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 (January 15'):

Quite a lop-sided comparison. The 2007 DVD is a bit greenish, dull and flat - this is glaringly evident when compared to still captures of the Artificial Eye Blu-ray below. Not surprisingly, colors and detail are far more better and consistent on the, significantly brighter, HD video. It is also in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

 

Audio comes via a linear PCM 2.0 channel stereo track at 1536 kbps in the original French. It is predictably flat but has some tightness not present on the SD. Georges Delerue (Shoot the Piano Player, Jules et Jim, The Last Metro, Day For Night) did the score and it also benefits from the uncompressed rendering. 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, a commentary by Claude De Givray - French with optional English subtitles, Truffaut's Les Mistons (looking pretty sweet in 1080P) and a trailer.

 

One of the upper-tier Truffauts in my opinion. This is very much worth getting or the entire AE Truffaut Blu-ray set.

Gary W. Tooze

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ON THE DVD: 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 artifacts 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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1) Cinema Club - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Cinema Club - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Cinema Club - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Cinema Club - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Cinema Club - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM


 

 


1) Cinema Club - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Cinema Club - Region 2 - PAL TOP
2) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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or in the Truffaut Blu-ray Collection:

Distribution

Cinema Club

Region 2 - PAL

Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray




 

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