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Jacques Tati: The Restored Collection

Jacques Tati: The Restored Collection

Daring, colourful, whimsical and fun, Jacques Tati – also known for his infamous comedic character Monsieur Hulot – is one of the great comic icons of French cinema. A Gallic equivalent of Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton, Tati’s works as director, writer and actor are well-loved classics, appealing to a broad and diverse audience as well as critics. Lovingly and painstakingly restored and available as a collection for the first time in Australia, this boxset unites his 6 classic comedies (JOUR DE FÊTE, M. HULOT’S HOLIDAY, MON ONCLE, PLAYTIME, TRAFIC and PARADE) with 7 rare short films, so that audiences old and new can delight in Tati’s charms.

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Two Bits

Two Bits

(PG) Dir. James Foley, USA, 1995, 85 min | Drama
A day to remember…Al Pacino stars in this heartwarming critically acclaimed movie about a boy, his grandfather and the lucky quarter that brings them together. Gennaro is a youngster who will do anything to earn “two-bits” (a quarter – 25 cents) to get into the brand new neighbourhood movie theatre.

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Charulata

Charulata

(G) Dir. Satyajit Ray, India, 1964. 117 min | Drama, Romance
In 1870s India, Charulata is an isolated, artistically inclined woman who sees little of her busy journalist husband, Bhupati. Realising that his wife is alienated and unhappy, he convinces his cousin, Amal, to spend time with Charulata and nourish her creative impulses. Amal is a fledgling poet himself, and he and Charulata bond over their shared love of art. But over time a sexual attraction develops, with heartbreaking results.

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To Kill a King

To Kill a King

(M) Dir. Mike Barker, UK, 2003, 102 min | Drama, History
England 1645: After years of civil war, King Charles I is overthrown and two heroes have emerged – Lord General Thomas Fairfax (Dougray Scott) and his best friend deputy General Oliver Cromwell (Tim Roth). Their close friendship is threatened when Fairfax and his wife conspire to return the King to power while Cromwell instead orders his execution seizing control. As Cromwell’s armies spread violence and fear throughout the country, Fairfax realises that Cromwell must be stopped. A riveting historical drama with superb performances.

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Metropolis – Reconstructed & Restored

Metropolis – Reconstructed & Restored

(G) Dir. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927. 150 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
The definitive, authorised version of this towering classic, at a length over one-third longer than any previous release. This restored and reconstructed version includes 25 minutes of lost footage recovered in Argentina in 2008. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema.

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Buster Keaton Collection

Buster Keaton Collection

THE GENERAL – Based on real events in the Civil War, Buster Keaton’s comic masterpiece is still regarded today as one of the greatest films ever made.
STEAMBOAT BILL JR – In Steamboat Bill Jr, visionary comedian Buster Keaton pioneered the art of physical comedy still used in modern filmmaking
THE THREE AGES – Tackling romance across the ages, Keaton compares courting in the stone age, Roman times and in the early 20th century.
COLLEGE – Showcasing his physical dexterity, Buster Keaton heads to college where he must use his skills on the field to win the heart of the beautiful Mary.

Jour de Fête

Jour de Fête

(G) Dir. Jacques Tati, France, 1949. 86 min | Comedy
2K DCP digital format now available and also on 35mm print
Tati is an inept and easily distracted mailman. Influenced by too much wine and an account of rapid transportation methods used by the United States postal system, he goes to incredible lengths to speed the delivery of mail. A smart comedy filled with physical slapstick and sight gags.

M. Hulot’s Holiday

M. Hulot’s Holiday

(G) Dir. Jacques Tati, France, 1953. 88 min | Comedy
2K DCP digital format now available and also on 35mm print
Tati’s best-known work is a masterpiece of gentle slapstick as the titular character, Monsieur Hulot, takes a holiday at a seaside resort where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Exquisitely funny.

Mon Oncle

Mon Oncle

(G) Dir. Jacques Tati, France, 1958. 116 min | Comedy
2K DCP digital format now available and also on 35mm print
Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law and nephew, but finds that he can’t quite fit into the surroundings. Unforgettably funny, wonderfully observed and, as always, technically brilliant. Oscar winner Best Foreign Film 1959.

Playtime

Playtime

(G) Dir. Jacques Tati, France, 1967. 123 min | Comedy
2K DCP digital format now available and also on 35mm print
Clumsy Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist as they weave through the inventive urban environment. Hilariously classic Tati.

Trafic

Trafic

(G) Dir. Jacques Tati, France, 1971. 97 min | Comedy
2K DCP digital format now available
Monsieur Hulot, employed as an auto company’s director of design, has to take his latest model, a caravan with various gadgets, to exhibit at an auto show. He hits the road and, in true Hulot style, encounters mishaps and chaos along the way. A spirited comedy with sidesplitting visual gags.

Parade

Parade

(G) Dir. Jacques Tati, France, 1974. 86 min | Comedy
2K DCP digital format now available
A brilliantly conceived spectacle which sees master of comedy Tati perform a series of live circus acts on the stage. The film is a playful and imaginative take on the experience of seeing a show. Dappled with moments of magic and the surreal, it’s a joy to watch.

The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

(M) Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo, Algeria/Italy, 1966. 123 min | Drama
2K DCP digital format now available and new 35mm print with new subtitles
Gillo Pontecorvo’s intense, political study of terrorism was banned in France for fear of inciting civil unrest. A film subsidised by the Algerian government, it follows the country’s fight for independence from its colonising nation, France, reconstructing the main political events that took place in Algiers between 1954 and 1957. Known to be one of the bloodiest revolutions in recent history, Algeria was finally granted independence in 1962.

Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge

(M) Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1970. 140 min | Drama, Thriller
35mm print
Impassive faces, snap-brim hats, dangling cigarettes, sunglasses after dark, raincoats without rain and nightclub floor shows. We’re unmistakably in the milieu of Jean-Pierre Melville, doyen of the New Wave and prince of the fate-haunted French gangster picture (Bob Le Flambeur, Le Samourai). Here, for his penultimate work in the genre, three archetypal tough guys join forces for a meticulously orchestrated heist of a Place Vendome bijouterie, a silent tour-de-force in the grand movie tradition of Rififi, Topkapi, and The Asphalt Jungle.

Metropolis

Metropolis

(G) Dir. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927. 150 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
150 min version on Blu-ray and 120min version on 35mm print
The definitive, authorised version of this towering classic, at a length over one-third longer than any previous release. This restored and reconstructed version includes 25 minutes of lost footage recovered in Argentina in 2008. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema.

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Charulata

Charulata

(G) Dir. Satyajit Ray, India, 1964. 117 min | Drama, Romance
2K DCP digital format now available
In 1870s India, Charulata is an isolated, artistically inclined woman who sees little of her busy journalist husband, Bhupati. Realising that his wife is alienated and unhappy, he convinces his cousin, Amal, to spend time with Charulata and nourish her creative impulses. Amal is a fledgling poet himself, and he and Charulata bond over their shared love of art. But over time a sexual attraction develops, with heartbreaking results.