Les enfants terribles Les enfants terribles

Les enfants terribles

Jean-Pierre Melville

 
Les enfants terribles (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1950
  • 106 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #398

Writer Jean Cocteau and director Jean-Pierre Melville joined forces for this elegant adaptation of Cocteau’s immensely popular, wicked novel about the wholly unholy relationship between a brother and sister. Elisabeth (a remarkable Nicole Stéphane) and Paul (Edouard Dermithe) close themselves off from the world by playing an increasingly intense series of mind games with the people who dare enter their lair—until romance and jealousy intrude. Melville’s operatic camera movements and Cocteau’s perverse, poetic approach to character merge in Les enfants terribles to create one of French cinema’s greatest, and most surprising, meetings of the minds.

Cast

Credits

DirectorJean-Pierre Melville
Based on the novel byJean Cocteau
ScreenplayJean Cocteau
Assistant directorClaude Pinoteau
CinematographyHenri Decaë
Sound editingJacques Gallois and Jacques Carrère
EditingMonique Bonnot
CostumesChristian Dior

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by writer, film critic, and journalist Gilbert Adair
  • Interviews with producer Carole Weisweiller, actors Nicole Stéphane and Jacques Bernard, and assistant director Claude Pinoteau
  • Around Jean Cocteau (2003), a short video by filmmaker Noel Simsolo discussing Cocteau and Melville’s creative relationship
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes stills
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Indiana, a tribute by Stéphane, an excerpt from Rui Nogueira’s Melville on Melville, and drawings by Cocteau

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Les enfants terribles: Hazards of a Snowball Fight

By Gary IndianaJuly 09, 2007

Adapted from the famed samizdat novel of the French Resistance, Jean-Pierre Melville’s first . . . Read more »

Posters

Bonjour Les Enfants

October 21, 2010

Original 1950 French release poster of Les enfants terribles, featuring a drawing by Jean . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Les enfants terribles: Hazards of a Snowball Fight

By Gary IndianaJuly 09, 2007

Adapted from the famed samizdat novel of the French Resistance, Jean-Pierre Melville’s first . . . Read more »