"European Cinema Collection"
Directed by Claude Lelouch
This diverse collection unites five arthouse favorites
from across Europe.
In A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2004, 133 minutes),
the star (Audrey Tautou) and director (Jeunet) of Amelie reunite for
a charming and elegant drama set in a small French village during the waning
days of WWI.
Day For Night (Francois Truffaut, 1973, 116 minutes) is Truffaut's
unforgettable love poem to the movies and movie-making. The New Wave veteran
stars as a director struggling to complete a film and solve his staff and
crew's emotional problems. With Jean-Pierre Leaud and Jacqueline Bisset.
The Damned (Luchino Visconti, 1969, 146 minutes) is an effective
allegory of the rise of Nazism, told through the decadent Krupp-like family
who wallow in opulent decay while their factories produce armaments for war.
With Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling.
Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schubel, 1999, 114 minutes), loosely based on the
story behind a song that caused a rash of suicides in pre-WWII Hungary,
tells of a smoldering menage-a-trois between a pianist, a Jewish restaurant
owner, and a sultry hostess.
Finally, Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti, 1971, 130 minutes) is a
masterful adaptation of the classic Thomas Mann novella about beauty, age,
and obsession. Dirk Bogarde stars. 5-DVD set. 639 minutes.