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Directed by Céline Sciamma
France 2019

 

Passion brews quietly between an artist and her subject, until together they create a space in which it can briefly flourish, in this sumptuous eighteenth-century romance from Céline Sciamma, one of contemporary French cinema’s most acclaimed auteurs. Summoned to an isolated seaside estate on a secret assignment, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) must find a way to paint a wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who is resisting chattel marriage, by furtively observing her. What unfolds in exquisite tension is an exchange of sustained gazes in which the two women come to know each other’s gestures, expressions, and bodies with rapturous intimacy, ultimately forging a subversive creative collaboration as well as a delirious romance. Charged with a yearning that almost transcends time and space, Portrait of a Lady on Fire mines the emotional and artistic possibilities that emerge when women can freely live together and see one another in a world without men.

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What follows is a subtle and thrilling love story, at once unsentimental in its realistic assessment of women’s circumstances and almost utopian in its celebration of the freedom that is nonetheless available to them. Céline Sciamma, the writer and director — her previous features include “Waterlilies” and “Girlhood” — practices a feminism without dogma or illusion. She takes as given the constraints facing Héloïse and Marianne and the burdens of inequality that affect Sophie (Luana Bajrami), a young household servant, but resists the temptations of melodrama or didacticism. This is less a chronicle of forbidden desire than an examination of how desire works. Like a lost work of 18th-century literature, it is at once ardent and rigorous, passionate and philosophical.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: Nay 19th, 2019 (Cannes)

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Distribution Criterion - Spine #1034 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:01:44.297        
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,914,841,228 bytes

Feature: 35,163,181,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.33 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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DTS-HD Master Audio French 3262 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3262 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,914,841,228 bytes

Feature: 35,163,181,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.33 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• New conversation between director Céline Sciamma and film critic Dana Stevens (31:34)
• New interviews with actors Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant (17:27)
• Interview with cinematographer Claire Mathon from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival (18:06)
• Interview from 2019 with artist Hélène Delmaire on creating the paintings for the film (11:54)
• PLUS: An essay by film critic Ela Bittencourt


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 23rd, 2020
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Chapters 19

 

 

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ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (May 2020): Criterion have transferred Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "New 4K digital master". As well as the film being gorgeous, the dual-layered transfer, with high bitrate, does it the justice it deserves. Prescient scene-after-scene fill Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Colors - greens and maroons - are rich and deep. There may be a tinge of teal in the open sky. Claire Mathon's cinematography and the extensive art direction faithfully depicting the period give the film an immersive expression. The 1080P image quality provides a brilliant presentation.

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track (24-bit) in the original French language. The separations generally surround the ocean waves - both in the beginning, on the row boat, and the occasional visits to the beach - whistling wind, and the crackling kitchen fireplace are also notable. The score is credited to Jean-Baptiste de Laubier (Girlhood) and Arthur Simonini (who is credited a musician on Girlhood) and the latter wrote the theme "Portrait de la jeune fille en feu". Some will recognize Vivaldi's Concerto No. 2 for violin in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, L'Estate. It sounds wonderfully rich in the lossless. Criterion offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Criterion Blu-ray includes a new 1/2 hour conversation between director Céline Sciamma and film critic Dana Stevens about the inspiration behind and research and casting processes of Portrait of a Lady on Fire. It was recorded by the Criterion Collection in New York in February 2020. There are new interviews - edited together, running shy of 18-minutes, with actors Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant conducted by the Criterion Collection in Paris in January 2020. Interesting to see their experience in working with director/writer Céline Sciamma. I appreciated the 18-minute interview with cinematographer Claire Mathon from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and hearing her description of what Sciamma wanted and what they achieved. Lastly, is a dozen-minute interview with oil painter Helene Delmaire who had never worked on a film before being approached by director Sciamma to create the paintings for Portrait of a Lady on Fire. In this interview, recorded in 2019, Delmaire discusses the painstaking process of making many different versions of the artworks featured in the movie. The package has liner notes with an essay by film critic Ela Bittencourt.

Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire is gorgeous, deeply emotional cinema. It doesn't spell out details - but shows them in inference (and the character's eyes) via frequently impressive visuals - from close-ups to painterly landscapes. There are revelatory echoes of Bergman's Persona and a high degree of sexual tension and lust floating in every latter scene. It's a stunning films and one to treasure on Blu-ray. A fabulous film experiences - our highest recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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