Stage and Spectacle: Three Films by Jean Renoir

Stage and Spectacle:
Three Films by Jean Renoir

 
Stage and Spectacle: Three Films by Jean Renoir (Criterion DVD)

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Box Set Info

  • Spine #241

Near the end of his long and celebrated career, master filmmaker Jean Renoir indulged his lifelong obsession with life-as-theater and directed The Golden Coach (1953), French Cancan (1955), and Elena and Her Men (1956), three delirious films infatuated with the past, love, and artifice. Awash in jubilant Technicolor, each film interweaves public display and private feelings through the talents of three immortal film icons—Anna Magnani, Jean Gabin, and Ingrid Bergman. The Criterion Collection is proud to present these three majestic films by Jean Renoir for the first time on DVD.

Collector’s Set Includes

The Golden Coach box cover

The Golden Coach

Jean Renoir 1953

Set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Jean Renoir’s ravishing, sumptuous tribute to the theater involves a viceroy who receives an exquisite golden coach and gives it to the tempestuous star of a touring commedia dell’arte company (the vivacious Anna Magnani).


French Cancan box cover

French Cancan

Jean Renoir 1955

French Cancan, Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, is a Technicolor tour de force starring Jean Gabin as a wily impresario juggling the love of two beautiful women in nineteenth-century Paris.


Elena and Her Men box cover

Elena and Her Men

Jean Renoir 1956

Jean Renoir’s delirious romantic comedy stars Ingrid Bergman in her most sensual role as a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfers, with restored image and sound
  • Introductions to The Golden Coach and Elena and Her Men by Jean Renoir
  • Video introduction to The Golden Coach by filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • Video introduction to French Cancan by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • Jean Renoir—Hollywood and Beyond: Part two of the BBC documentary by David Thompson
  • Three-part interview with Renoir: Jean renoir parle de son art, conducted by French New Wave director Jacques Rivette
  • Galleries of production stills
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • Essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Andrew Sarris, and Renoir historian Christopher Faulkner
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer editions

    Covers by Lucien S. Y. Yang