Les Enfants Terribles DVD
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Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Produced in 1949
Main Language - FRENCH with English subtitles
Hauntingly atmospheric film of Jean Cocteau's claustrophobic, hothouse novel, for which the author wrote the screenplay and provided the voice-over. Compelling tale of incestuous passions lead a teenage brother and sister into powerful tragedy.
Length: 102 mins
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Format: DVD B&W
Released: 30th August 2004
Cat No: BFIVD634
- Feature Commentary from Gilbert Adair
- Interview with actress Nicole Stephane
- Biographies of Jean Cocteau & Jean-Pierre Melville
- Original poster art
- Sleeve notes by Philip Kemp.
by Anon on 5th April 2004
A dramatisation from the Cocteau novel that unfortunately never quite makes it. The original 1929 novel was definitely making a statement and one that would lead the w... Read on
A dramatisation from the Cocteau novel that unfortunately never quite makes it. The original 1929 novel was definitely making a statement and one that would lead the way for future genre books and later films. This film doesn't hold the same sense of urgency, nor drama. Edouard Dhermitte's tarzen-esque physique does not do justice to the sick, fragile boy he tries to portray; nor does his acting. Nicole Stephane as Elizabeth however, does a better job. And her final scenes are as dramatic as one would have hoped for. Sadly though, the last ten minutes of the film, is not an end that justifies the means. There are better films of that time around. French film-noir is usually of a high standard; this however lets the side down. It's worth watching for the photography though. Keep an eye out for Bernardo Bertolucci's 'The Dreamers'. It's a similar premise, but more extreme. And better achieved. Hide