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Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Germany 1927

 

An epic of the Weimar cinema, The Love of Jeanne Ney follows a young French woman’s struggle for happiness amid the political turbulence and corruption of post-World War I Europe. A tour-de-force for director G.W. Pabst (Diary of a Lost Girl, Pandora’s Box), the film blends a variety of cinematic approaches as it weaves its complex narrative of moral chaos and political upheaval: the “American Style,” evocative of the Hollywood studio blockbuster; the avant-garde techniques of Soviet montage; as well as the eerie moving camerawork and shadowy perspectives typical of German Expressionism. The result is a stunning cinematic experiment that never fails to surprise the viewer as it races towards its exhilarating conclusion.

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In the Crimea, the Reds and the Whites aren't done fighting, and Jeanne discovers that the man she loves is a Bolshevik (when he kills her father). Penniless, she returns to Paris where she works for her uncle. Soon after, her lover Andreas is in France to organize the sailors in Toulon. So also is a thief, traitor, and libertine, Khalibiev, who wants to seduce Jeanne. His schemes, Jeanne and Andreas's naivete, and a lost diamond bring the lovers to the brink of tragedy.

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Theatrical Release: December 6th, 1927

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime US Version: 1:26:26.306   / German: 1:46:39.476        
Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,730,157,240 bytes

US: 19,186,182,144 bytes

German: 28,467,585,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.49 Mbps / 31.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate US Blu-ray:

Bitrate German Blu-ray:

Audio

US Version:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1568 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1568 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

German version:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 2024 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2024 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1562 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1562 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles US: English intertitles / German: English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,730,157,240 bytes

US: 19,186,182,144 bytes

German: 28,467,585,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.49 Mbps / 31.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by film historian Eddy von Mueller
• Restored German release version with music adapted and orchestrated by Bernd Thewes
• U.S. release version with music by Andrew Earle Simpson (1:26:26)


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 21st, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 11 / 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (April 2020): Kino have transferred G.W. Pabst's The Love of Jeanne Ney to Blu-ray. They supply both the German and US versions. Text screens, before the German presentation, state: "Two separate versions of The Love of Jeanne Ney were created for its initial release. Each was assembled from original camera negatives, which sometimes differed greatly in terms of content and composition. Neither of the original negatives has survived. The "A" negative was used for the American market, and the "B" negative was for European distribution. In the 1930s, a print was struck from the "B" negative on behalf of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which replaced the German intertitles with English. The MoMA print (derived from the original "B" negative) was the primary source material for this 2K restoration. German intertitles have been re-inserted, using the original text as preserved in censor records."
For the US version:
"For The Love of Jeanne Ney, two complete negatives were compiled from the exposed footage, each with slightly different camera positions. None of these first-generation negatives have survived, only prints and duplicate negatives. The "A" negative was used for the American market. This edition of the U.S. release version was mastered from an edited copy preserved by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin."

We've compared some scenes (the captures are not able to be exact - but are in the vicinity). Damage is more prevalent in the shorter US version but I think I prefer those camera angles. Grain is present (more notable on the US) and for Silent-Era films the 1080P presentations are pleasing with relatively good contrast.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel tracks (24-bit) with music adapted and orchestrated by Bernd Thewes for the German version and music by Andrew Earle Simpson for the US version. Both are quite different but sounds clean and crisp in the lossless transfer. Kino offer optional English subtitles for the re-inserted German intertitles of the German version (see sample below). The disc is a Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by film historian Eddy von Mueller for the hour and 3/4 German version. He discusses the Weimar era (1918-1933) -and considers it a 'Golden age' for German cinema. Eddy appreciates the way Pabst navigates scenes with the camera. He deciphers many political intents and describes historical context of the film. It's worth the indulgence. There are no other extras. 

G.W. Pabst's The Love of Jeanne Ney has some important expressionist filmmaking. I loved the style with extensive tracking shots and an artistic level of editing. Nice to see Brigitte Helm right after Metropolis Silent Era fans should love Kino's Blu-ray for having both versions and the Mueller commentary.

Gary Tooze

 


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