Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project

 
Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Box Set

9 Discs

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  • Spine #684

Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, the World Cinema Project expands the horizons of moviegoers everywhere. The mission of the WCP is to preserve and present marginalized and infrequently screened films from regions generally ill equipped to preserve their own cinema history. This collector’s set brings together six superb films from countries around the globe, including Senegal (Touki bouki), Mexico (Redes), India and Bangladesh (A River Called Titas), Turkey (Dry Summer), Morocco (Trances), and South Korea (The Housemaid). Each is a cinematic revelation, depicting a culture not often seen by outsiders on-screen.

Collector’s Set Includes

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Touki bouki

Djibril Diop Mambéty 1973

With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s.


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Redes

Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann 1936

In this vivid, documentary-like dramatization of the daily grind of men struggling to make a living by fishing on the Gulf of Mexico (mostly played by real- life fishermen), one worker’s terrible loss instigates a political awakening among him and his fellow laborers.


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A River Called Titas

Ritwik Ghatak 1973

The Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak’s stunningly beautiful, elegiac saga concerns the tumultuous lives of people in fishing villages along the banks of the Titas River in pre-Partition East Bengal.


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Dry Summer

Metin Erksan 1964

Metin Erksan’s wallop of a melodrama follows the machinations of an unrepentantly selfish tobacco farmer who builds a dam to prevent water from flowing downhill to his neighbors’ crops.


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Trances

Ahmed El Maânouni 1981

The beloved Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating musical documentary.


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The Housemaid

Kim Ki-young 1960

A torrent of sexual obsession, revenge, and betrayal is unleashed under one roof in this venomous melodrama from South Korean master Kim Ki-young.

Disc Features

  • New digital restorations of all six films, undertaken by the World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
  • New introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese
  • New interview programs featuring filmmakers Abderrahmane Sissako (on Touki bouki), Kumar Shahani (on A River Called Titas), Metin Erksan and Fatih Akın (on Dry Summer), and Bong Joon-ho (on The Housemaid)
  • New visual essay on Redes by filmmaker and critic Kent Jones
  • New program on Trances featuring interviews with director Ahmed El Maânouni, producer Izza Génini, musician Omar Sayed, and Scorsese
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a foreward by Jones and essays on the films by Richard Porton, Charles Ramirez Berg, Adrian Martin, Bilge Ebiri, Sally Shafto, and Kyung Hyun Kim

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