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Criterion Press Release: November Titles

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 15 2006 - 09:46 PM

The Fallen Idol

The Fallen Idol was the first of three collaborations between director Carol Reed and writer Graham Greene, who would go on to create the legendary The Third Man, and is a masterpiece in its own right. An elegant, thrilling balancing act of suspense and farce, this tale of the fraught relationship between a boy and his beloved butler, who the child believes to be guilty of murder, is a visually and verbally dazzling knockout, with enough tricks up its sleeve to stand with the best of early Hitchcock.

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Directed by Carol Reed (The Third Man, Oliver!)
Written by Graham Greene (The Third Man, The End of the Affair)
Starring Ralph Richardson (Richard III, Long Day's Journey Into Night)

Special edition features:
-New, restored high-definition digital transfer
-A Sense of Carol Reed, a 2006 documentary, featuring interviews with director Carol Reed's friends and collaborators
-Illustrated Reed filmography
-Original press book
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-PLUS: A book including new essays by Geoffrey O'Brien, David Lodge, and Nicholas Wapshott, as well as "The Basement Room," the Graham Greene short story on which the film is based

Title: The Fallen Idol
CAT: CC1655D
UPC: 7-15515-02052-7
ISBN: 1-934121-03-7
SRP: $29.95
Prebook: 10/3/06
Street date: 11/17/06

Pandora's Box

G.W. Pabst's controversial melodrama Pandora's Box, which follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, is one of silent cinema's great masterworks. Kansas native and onetime Ziegfeld girl Louise Brooks's legendary persona was defined by the character of Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone around her. As daring and stylish as ever, Pandora's Box is presented here as never before, with a newly restored digital transfer and the option of four dazzling accompanying scores.

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Directed by G.W. Pabst (Diary of a Lost Girl, Joyless Street)
Starring Louise Brooks (Diary of a Lost Girl)

Special double-disc edition features:
-New, restored high-definition digital transfer
-Four different musical score soundtracks
-Audio commentary by film scholars Thomas Elsaesser and Mary Ann Doane
-Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu, a 1998 documentary
-Lulu in Berlin, a rare 1971 one-hour interview with Brooks
-New and improved English subtitle translation
-Plus: A book including Kenneth Tynan's famous essay "The Girl in the Black Helmet," a chapter from Louise Brooks's evocative memoir discussing her relationship with Pabst, and a new essay by film critic J. Hoberman

Title: Pandora's Box
CAT: CC1656D
UPC: 7-15515-02062-6
ISBN: 1-934121-04-5
SRP: $39.95
Prebook: 10/17/06
Street date: 11/21/06

The Double Life of Véronique

While Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" Trilogy (Blue, White, and Red) may have cemented his status as one of the world's great directors, his international breakthrough The Double Life of Véronique remains one of his most beloved films. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, purely emotional bond. Aided by Slawomir Idziak's shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner's haunting, operatic score, Kieslowski creates an unforgettable symphony of feeling.

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Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski (The Decalogue, "Three Colors" Trilogy: Blue, White, and Red)
Starring Irène Jacob (Red, Othello)

Special double-disc edition features:
-New, restored high-definition digital transfer
-Audio commentary by film scholar Annette Insdorf
-Three short documentary films by Kieslowski
-Kieslowski - Dialogue (1991), a documentary featuring a candid interview with Kieslowski and rare behind-the-scenes footage from the set of The Double Life of Véronique
-1966 - 1988: Kieslowski, Polish Filmmaker, a 2005 documentary
-Video interviews with actress Irène Jacob, cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, and with composer Zbigniew Preisner
-New and improved English subtitle translation

Title: The Double Life of Véronique
CAT: CC1657D
UPC: 7-15515-02072-5
ISBN: 1-934121-05-3
SRP: $39.95
Prebook: 10/17/06
Street date: 11/21/06

**ATTENTION CANADA - The Fallen Idol is available in English Canada only. Pandora's Box is available in all of Canada, and The Double Life of Véronique is not available in Canada.**


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#2 of 2 OFFLINE   Rob Willey

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Posted August 16 2006 - 08:55 PM

Yes, finally, Pandora's Box!!

I asked about this title during a chat in 2001 and Criterion said they were really geeked up about the title but wanted to do it right. They were searching high and low for decent elements. Apparently, they finally found them.

Nov. 21 can't come soon enough!

"That suits me down to the ground."