Posted January 10 2012 - 10:05 AM
| "Thought-provoking genius...Provocative" - San Francisco Chronicle |
"Wonderful" - Entertainment Weekly
Available April 24, 2012 on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital Download
Starring Diane Lane, Tim Robbins & James Gandolfini
When reality became entertainment, everything changed. "Packing an emotional punch that's as surprising as it is eloquent" (The Wall Street Journal), Cinema Verite is the compelling behind-the-scenes story of the revolutionary 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family which catapulted an ordinary family to notoriety and captivated audiences with the launch of a new television genre - reality TV. Releasing on April 24, 2012 from HBO Home Entertainment®, the Blu-ray Disc ($24.99) and DVD ($19.97) contain the featurette "The Making of Cinema Verite," which delves into the production of the film, along with an audio commentary from directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor) and Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful), who received an Emmy® nomination for her performance in the film.
Fascinating and illuminating, Cinema Verite stars an amazing ensemble cast. Along with Lane, the film features Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River) and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner James Gandolfini (HBO's The Sopranos). Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini directed a script written by David Seltzer.
Believing that the lives of an everyday family would be relatable to Americans in a way that existing TV shows were not, filmmakers set out to chronicle the life of the Louds, a seemingly "perfect family." Once filming began though, the strain in the Loud's marriage, the ups and downs of raising five children, as well as the criticism Pat Loud received for asking for a divorce and openly supporting her gay son, came sharply into focus. A complete departure from television shows of the time, An American Family gripped the nation, making the Louds a television sensation while leaving them unprepared for the consequences. In 2002, TV Guide named the documentary series one of the "Top 50 Greatest Shows of All Time."
Cinema Verite BD, DVD and Digital Download
Street Date: April 24, 2012 Order Date: March 20, 2012 Rating: TV-14 Runtime: Approx. 90 minutes Price: $24.99 BD SRP Price: $19.97 DVD SRP
Ronald J Epstein
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