Eclipse Series 24:  The Actuality Dramas of Allan King Eclipse Series 24:  The Actuality Dramas of Allan King

Eclipse Series 24:
The Actuality Dramas of Allan King

 
Eclipse Series 24:  The Actuality Dramas of Allan King (Eclipse DVD)

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Canadian director Allan King is one of cinema’s best-kept secrets. Over the course of fifty years, he shuttled between features and shorts, big-screen cinema and episodic television, comedy and drama, fiction and nonfiction. It was with his cinema-verité-style documentaries, though—his “actuality dramas,” as he called them—that King left his greatest mark on film history. These startlingly intimate studies of people whose lives are in flux—damaged children, warring spouses, the terminally ill— always done without narration or interviews, are riveting and at times emotionally overwhelming. Humane, cathartic, and important, Allan King’s spontaneous portraits of the everyday demand to be seen.

Collector’s Set Includes

Warrendale box cover

Warrendale

Allan King 1967

For his enthralling first feature, Allan King took his cameras to a home for emotionally disturbed young people. The stunning Warrendale won the Prix d’art et d’essai at Cannes and a special docu­mentary award from the National Society of Film Critics.


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A Married Couple

Allan King 1969

Billy and Antoinette Edwards let it all hang out for Allan King and crew in this jaw-dropping examination of a marriage in trouble, which “makes John Cassavetes’s Faces look like early Doris Day” (Time).


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Come On Children

Allan King 1972

In the early 1970s, ten teenagers (five boys and five girls) leave behind parents, school, and all other authority figures to live on a farm for ten weeks. Come On Children is a swift, vivid rendering of the growing pains of a counterculture.


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Dying at Grace

Allan King 2003

An extraordinary, transformative experience, Allan King’s Dying at Grace is quite simply unprecedented: five terminally ill cancer patients allowed the director access to their final months and days inside the Toronto Grace Health Centre.


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Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company

Allan King 2005

For four months, King follows the daily routines of eight patients suffering from dementia and memory loss; the result is searing, compassionate drama that can bring to the viewer a greater understanding of his or her loved ones.