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(aka "Eva, the Devil's Woman")

 

Directed by Joseph Losey
Italy / France 1962

 

Jeanne Moreau (Jules et Jim) and Stanley Baker (Yesterday's Enemy) star as two lovers caught in a deadly affair, in Joseph Losey's 1962 adaptation of the James Hadley Chase novel. A highly personal film that was blighted by producer interference, and heavily cut for general release, we are delighted to present the longest-known version of the film in a definitive, world premiere Blu-ray edition.

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Best-selling author Tyvian Jones has a life of leisure in Venice, Italy, until he has a chance encounter with sultry Frenchwoman Eva Olivier. He falls for her instantly, despite already having wedding plans with Francesca Ferrara. Winning Eva's affection proves elusive; she's more interested in money than in love. But Tyvian remain steadfast in his obsession, going after Eva with a fervor that threatens to destroy his life.

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Theatrical Release: October 3rd, 1962

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Review: Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Runtime 2:06:32.668        
Video

Eye Restorations: 1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

European theatrical release and alternative The Devil's Woman version - 1.66:1

Disc Size: 49,395,968,758 bytes

Feature: 28,007,633,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.71 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

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1073 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1073 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
BEHP Interview:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH) (entire film or standard English for just the Italian), None
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Eye Restorations: 1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

European theatrical release and alternative The Devil's Woman version - 1.66:1

Disc Size: 49,395,968,758 bytes

Feature: 28,007,633,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.71 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Archival Interview with Joseph Losey (1967): The acclaimed director discusses Eve in this extract from the French television programme Cinéma (8:28)
• Archival Interview with Jeanne Moreau (1972): Extract from the French television programme Tête d'affiche, featuring the celebrated star in conversation with actor France Roche (4:37)
• The BEHP Interview with Reginald Beck (1987): Archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the editor, and regular Losey collaborator, in conversation with Alan Lawson (2 hours)
• All About Eve (2020): Interview with filmmaker Gavrik Losey, son of Joseph Losey (18:48)
• A Creation Myth (2020): Appreciation by author and film historian Neil Sinyard (23:27)
• The Many Faces of Eve - discussing the multiple versions (15:45)
• Image gallery: Publicity and promotional material
• Original UK and French theatrical trailers (3:32 / 3:32)
• Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Phuong Le, Joseph Losey on Eve, a look at the James Hadley Chase source novel, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Simona Monizza on the EYE Filmmuseum restoration of Eve, and film credits
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 19th, 2020
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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (September 2020): Indicator have transferred Joseph Losey's Eve (aka "Eva" or "The Devil's Woman") to Blu-ray. It offers a "Brand new 2K scan of Eye Filmmuseum’s photochemical restoration of the longest known version of the film, with optional extended ending version". These are seamlessly-branched in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and are both titled as "Eve". The Blu-ray also offers "High definition remaster of the original European theatrical release version of Eva and a high definition remaster of the alternative The Devil’s Woman version" These are also seamlessly-branched but in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio.

NOTES: "Losey's original cut, which he submitted to the Venice Film Festival, ran 155 minutes. This version was never shown in public, and no longer exists. The film's producers, Robert and Raymond Hakim, cancelled the Venice screenings, citing possible adverse effects on their French distribution deal. After an unsuccessful private preview of the 155-minute cut in Paris, Jeanne Moreau urged a reluctant Losey to shorten the film. The resulting 135-minute version is the last one that Losey personally approved. However, the Hakims then made more extensive cuts, this time to the original. negative. The version that premiered in Paris ran 116 minutes, and was a critical disaster. Despite this, the versions released commercially as Eva (Europe, 1963) and The Devil's Woman (US, 1964), were even more drastically shortened, with further changes on top. In terms of structure, the 109-minute Eva and the 108-minute The Devil's Woman are broadly similar. This restoration of EVE, by the Nederlands Filmmuseum, reconstructs the original version of the film as intended by director Joseph Losey. This reconstruction contains sequences missing from prior versions and is now the most complete version known to exist. Unfortunately, additional sequences described by Losey are still missing and Finnish and Swedish subtitles could not be removed from two of the newly added scenes ( see two samples below.) The restoration was based on acetate prints held at the National Film and Television Archive (London), the Cineteca Nazionale (Roma) and the Svenska Filminstitutet (Stockholm). The laboratory work, including digital image and sound restoration, was conducted at Haghefilm (Amsterdam) in 2005. The Nederlands Filmmuseum thanks the collaborating archives for their support."

Obviously, in the many versions and restoration reconstruction - there are inconsistencies in the 1080P image quality between and within versions. It, generally, looks very thick - we have the, unavoidable, but brief, burned-in Finnish / Swedish subtitles (see samples below) and some damage (samples below.) The image can be very bright but overall I liked the 1080P presentations. You can't help but appreciate that you are seeing something that has not been in circulation, and that the restoration has done the best job possible, and for that we can forgive much. These are groundbreaking HD presentations for  Joseph Losey's Eve (aka "Eva" or "The Devil's Woman".)

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono tracks (24-bit) in the original English language (with some Italian.) Like the video there are a few imperfections but dialogue is reasonably consistent and discernable. The score is by Michel Legrand (Cleo From 5 to 7, Castle Keep, La Piscine, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort, America as Seen By a Frenchman, A Woman is a Woman, Ice Station Zebra.)  NOTE: in The Devil's Woman, and Losey's own cut, there is a far more dramatic use of Legrand's score as per the filmmaker's original intent. The audio transfers reflect this. The audio is authentically flat, but clear and clean in the 24-bit lossless. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles for the entire film, the option for just the Italian or none at all on their Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray offers many supplements - even beyond the four versions of the film. You can watch the "Eve" version (extended ending or not) with a BEHP interview with Reginald Beck (1987.) It is an an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the editor, and regular Losey collaborator, in conversation with Alan Lawson. Indicator include an archival interview with Joseph Losey from 1967 - he discusses Eve in this extract from the French television programme Cinéma running 8 1/2 minutes. There is also a short (shy of 5-minutes) archival interview with Jeanne Moreau from 1972 - an extract from the French television programme Tête d'affiche, featuring the celebrated star in conversation with actor France Roche. New (2020) is "All About Eve" - an 18-minute interview with filmmaker Gavrik Losey, son of Joseph Losey about the film and his father. A Creation Myth is a new 24-minute appreciation by author and film historian Neil Sinyard and pulling details together about the versions is " The Many Faces of Eve" running over 1/4 hour. There is an image gallery of publicity and promotional material, original UK and French theatrical trailers and the limited edition package contains an exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Phuong Le, Joseph Losey on Eve, a look at the James Hadley Chase source novel, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Simona Monizza on the EYE Filmmuseum restoration of Eve, and film credits.

Described as a "film maudit" - existing in multiple, doctored, versions, Joseph Losey's Eve (aka "Eva" or "The Devil's Woman") remains... a fascinating work by the lauded, and often enigmatic, director. I was frequently reminded of Antonioni as I watched Eve.  As usual, Jeanne Moreau commands the screen, Stanley Baker pushes his acting chops successfully, and there is good support from the likes of Virna Lisi, Lisa Gastoni and others. Indicator have gone above and beyond (again!) with this incredible Blu-ray edition. It is recommended for more than Losey fans. It is going to be one of the best 'packages of 2020' voted in our Year End Poll. Indicator are doing the best work out there. This is a cinephile must-own.

Gary Tooze

 


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