Pierre Etaix on DVD

Directed by Pierre Etaix

A French comedy master whose films went unseen for decades as a result of legal tangles, director-actor Pierre Etaix is a treasure the cinematic world has rediscovered and embraced with relish. His work can be placed on the spectrum of classic physical comedy with that of Jacques Tati and Jerry Lewis, but it also stands alone in its good- natured delicacy. These films, influenced by Etaix’s experiences as a circus acrobat and clown and by the silent film comedies he adored, are elegantly deadpan, but as an on-screen presence, Etaix radiates warmth. This collection includes all of his films, five features, The Suitor,Yoyo, As Long as You’ve Got Your Health, Le grand amour, and Land of Milk and Honey—most of them collaborations with the great screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière—and three shorts, Rupture, the Oscar-winning Happy Anniversary, and Feeling Good.

  • The DVD also contains :

  • - New digital masters of the 2010 restorations of Rupture, Happy Anniversary, The Suitor, Yoyo, As Long as You’ve Got Your Health, Feeling Good, Le grand amour, and Land of Milk and Honey with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition

  • - New video introductions to the films by director Pierre Etaix

  • - Pierre Etaix, un destin animé (2011), a portrait of the life and work of the director by his wife, Odile Etaix

  • - New English subtitle translations

  • - A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Cairns

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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