Muriel, ou le Temps d'un retour

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    Actors: Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kérien
    Director: Alain Resnais
    Format: PAL
    Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
    Number of discs: 1
    Classification: 12

    Studio: Eureka Entertainment
    DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2009
    Run Time: 111 minutes

    Barcode: 5060000402681

Muriel, ou le Temps d’un retour

Alain Resnais, 1963

  • If cinema has its equivalents to the master modernists of music, painting, or literature, then one of the tradition’s foremost practitioners is undoubtedly Alain Resnais — and Muriel, ou le Temps d’un retour (Muriel, or: The Time of a Return) represents one of his earliest, and greatest, triumphs. In Resnais’ two preceding features (the legendary Hiroshima mon amour and Last Year in Marienbad), the master filmmaker pioneered new ways of representing inner reality and emotion; but with Muriel, he merged the vicissitudes of his characters’ personal pasts, and married them to the traumas of the political present — namely, the French war in Algeria.

    Resnais’ film is the story of the middle-aged Hélène (portrayed by Delphine Seyrig, of Last Year in Marienbad, Truffaut’s Stolen Kisses, and Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman), an antique dealer located in the provinicial port-town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, who resides amid her wares inside the same flat that serves as her business showroom. An old lover of Hélène’s comes to visit — and soon takes up a more permanent residence within her life, despite the presence of a suspicious, tortured, and sexualised stepson who is haunted by a woman, a name, from his own past in Algiers: “Muriel”.

    Scripted by Jean Cayrol, the co-writer of Resnais’ landmark early short film Night and Fog, Muriel is one of the great “family films”, and stands like a cinema landmark as one of the most complex and rewarding films of the 1960s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Alain Resnais’ great work for the first time on DVD in the UK.


    From the accompanying booklet, letter of stipulations for this release:

    Agence Artistiue et Litteraire

    Paris, le 12 juillet 2004

    Ref: << MURIEL OU LE TEMPS D'UN RETOUR >>, film de long-metrage realise par Alain Resnais

    I hereby confirm you, as representative of Mr Alain Resnais, that he wants to retein the original sound and the colors for the motion picture "MURIEL OU LE TEMPS D'UN RETOUR" that he directed, on a screenplay by Jean Cayrol, in the exploitation of this picture throughout the universe, in all languages, and in all media now known or not, including especially, theatrical, TV, video exploitation.

    With result to the result of laboratory's comparative test, M. Alain Resnais does not allow and prohibit any remasterisation or technical work implying any modification of the original sound of the motion picture "MURIEL OU LE TEMPS D'UN RETOUR".

    Thank you in advance to act accordingly in order to preserve -at M. Alain Resnais request- the authenticity of the picture and the specific quality of the acting.

    Sincerely yours

    M. Francois Samuelson                    M. Alain Resnais



    • New telecine of the film supervised by Alain Resnais. Anamorphic.
    • New English subtitles in an exclusive translation.
    • The original French theatrical trailer for the film, newly subtitled.
    • 44-page booklet containing a new essay by writer B. Kite; another new essay about the film by writer Anna Thorngate; a short piece on the film by Henri Langlois; and a critical “scrapbook” on the film containing excerpts by François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette, and more.

      France | 112 min.
      1.78:1 anamorphic

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    Condition: 'Very Good'. Complete with 44-page booklet

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