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Criterion Press Release: Sundays and Cybèle (Blu-ray)

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    SUNDAYS AND CYBÈLE - Blu–Ray & DVD Editions
    In this provocative Academy Award winner from French director Serge Bourgignon, a psychologically damaged war veteran and a neglected child begin a startlingly intimate friendship—one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris. Bourguignon’s film makes thoughtful, humane drama out of potentially incendiary subject matter, and with the help of the sensitive cinematography of Henri Decaë (The 400 Blows) and a delicate score by Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia), Sundays and Cybèle becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls.
     
    1962 • 110 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
     
    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray • New interviews with director Serge Bourguignon and actor Patricia Gozzi• Le sourire (1960), Bourguignon’s Palme d’Or–winning short documentary• Trailer• New English subtitle translation• PLUS: An essay by critic Ginette Vincendeau
    TITLE: SUNDAYS AND CYBÈLE (BLU-RAY EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2397BD
    UPC: 7-15515-12701-1
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-901-6
    SRP: $39.95  
    PREBOOK: 8/26/14
    STREET: 9/30/14
     
    TITLE: SUNDAYS AND CYBÈLE (DVD EDITION)CAT. NO: CC2398DDVD
    UPC: 7-15515-12711-0
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-902-3
    SRP: $24.95PREBOOK: 8/26/14
    STREET: 9/30/14
     
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    Best Blu-ray news EVER.
     
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    Another of the relatively obscure titles Criterion releases that only a potential handful of people will know enough about to purchase (and those in the UK, where the film originated, can't even order it directly from the company, if I'm not mistaken). Therefore it is up to those who are familiar with it to talk it up.

    The widescreen black and white on the UK DVD is very nice, and should be stunning on Blu. The story is quite lovely but treads on grounds our draconian, paranoid society would find uncomfortable, which is the (strictly platonic) friendship between a lonely single man and a small orphaned girl. Some of the villagers who witness this relationship do what too many people do these days: they make assumptions. Things escalate from there. SUNDAYS AND CYBELE is a powerful indictment of gossip and misjudgement (another film that will wrench your gut along these lines is a more recent film called THE HUNT), and deserves your attention, as it is more topical now than ever.
     
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    Another undeservedly forgotten gem, although not forgotten by the lucky ones who saw it during its original run, is rescued from oblivion. Rick, in the post above, nails it. This is indeed welcome news.
     
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    It is indeed a fantastic film. I won't be buying it because I'm trying to curb my spending habits, but I strongly encourage folks to check it out.
     
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    The film didn't originate in the UK. It's a Frenh film shot in France
     
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    Original title: Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray (Sundays at Ville d'Avray). Although I didn't know French at the time of its release, the title always stuck with me, and I kept wondering why it had been changed to Sundays and Cybele (sorry, can't type the accent grave). Still, the movie has haunted me all these years, and I have been waiting for an opportunity to revisit it. I'm very excited about this release, just as I was by TT's release of Rapture, with the same wonderful actress, Patricia Gozzi.
     
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    Another of my all-too-typical errors. You're correct, Bruce.
     
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    I saw the film the day it opened in LA and went back many times during that initial engagement. Then I would follow it wherever it went to second runs - during which it was shown also dubbed (Hardy Kruger did his own dubbing, but Gozzi didn't and the young woman who did doesn't quite capture what Gozzi is doing). I could not keep away from the film - it frequently played on a double bill with my other favorite French film of that period, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - it even played with That Man from Rio a couple of times. The photography by Henri Decae is some of the most beautiful black-and-white scope photography ever committed to film. I cannot wait to have this - the DVD from overseas was very nice, but I'm sure this will be amazing. I've known Criterion had this for close to three years and I will never ever for the life of me figure out why they sit on something that long.
     

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