Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara—Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France

Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara—Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France

 
Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara—Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France (Criterion DVD)

23 Jan 2018

DVD Collector's Set

4 Discs

SRP: $59.95

Criterion Store price:$47.96

Collector's Set Info

Too often overlooked after his work was spurned by the New Wave iconoclasts as belonging to the “tradition of quality,” Claude Autant-Lara was one of France’s leading directors of the 1940s and ’50s. He began as a set and costume designer and went on to direct French-language versions of American comedies in Hollywood, but it was back in his home country that Autant-Lara came into his own as a filmmaker. He found his sophisticated and slyly subversive voice with these four romances, produced during the dark days of the German occupation. Sumptuously appointed even while being critical of class hierarchy, these films—all made with the same corps of collaborators, including the charmingly impetuous star Odette Joyeux—endure as a testament to the quick wit and exquisite visual sense of the director whose name they established.

Collector’s Set Includes

Le mariage de Chiffon box cover

Le mariage de Chiffon

Claude Autant-Lara 1942

A rebellious aristocrat finds herself unexpectedly torn between two older men of contrasting circumstances in Autant-Lara’s delightful first film starring Odette Joyeux.


Lettres d’amour box cover

Lettres d’amour

Claude Autant-Lara 1942

A small-town businesswoman (Joyeux) agrees to help conceal an affair only to end up amid a brewing scandal, in this period comedy, a light but incisive critique of a divided society.


Douce box cover

Douce

Claude Autant-Lara 1943

Affections cut across class lines in an upper-crust Paris household, in this elegantly crafted film, the darkest romance that Autant-Lara made during the occupation.


Sylvie et le fantôme box cover

Sylvie et le fantôme

Claude Autant-Lara 1946

In this beguiling fantasy, a substantial success for Autant-Lara, a girl pines for a gallant suitor from family lore, while his ghost (Jacques Tati), along with three impostors, haunts her home.

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