Coup de torchon Film Still

Coup de torchon

Bertrand Tavernier

 
Coup de torchon (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1981
  • 128 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #106

An inspired rendering of Jim Thompson’s pulp novel Pop. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier’s Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) deftly transplants the story of an inept police chief turned heartless killer and his scrappy mistress from the American South to French West Africa. Featuring pitch-perfect performances by Philippe Noiret and Isabelle Huppert, this striking neonoir straddles the line between violence and lyricism with dark humor and visual elegance.

Cast

Lucien CordierPhilippe Noiret
Rose MarcaillouIsabelle Huppert
Huguette CordierStéphane Audran
Le Peron Jean-Pierre Marielle
NonoEddy Mitchell
Marcel ChavassonGuy Marchand
AnneIrene Skobline

Credits

DirectorBertrand Tavernier
Executive producerAdolphe Viezzi
ScreenplayJean Aurenche and Bertrand Tavernier
Based on the novel byJim Thompson
Art directionAlexandre Trauner
CinematographyPierre-William Glenn
EditingArmand Psenny
SoundMichel Desrois
MusicPhilippe Sarde

Disc Features

  • Luminous new 16×9-enhanced digital transfer, approved by director Bertrand Tavernier
  • Exclusive video interview with Bertrand Tavernier
  • An alternate ending
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Fernando Music

Film Essays

Coup de torchon

By Michael DareMay 12, 2001

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Film Essays

Coup de torchon

By Michael DareMay 12, 2001

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