Monday, June 2, 2008

More from Malle

ImageThe Fire Within and The Lovers (Criterion)
Two of Louis Malle’s earliest features are given the top-notch Criterion treatment: 1958’s The Lovers—a superior soap opera—introduced Jeanne Moreau’s smoldering sensuality to the film world, while 1963’s The Fire Within (Le feu follet) is an dense psychological study of a suicidal writer, based on Pierre Drieu La Rochelle’s influential novel. An underappreciated director, Malle made some of the most memorable French films of the second half of the 20th century, and Criterion has prompted a most welcome reappraisal of his work with its releases.
Archival interviews, actors and writers; Malle’s Fire Within, new video program; short documentary about the novel Le feu follet.

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