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Phoenix

Christian Petzold

 
Phoenix (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • Germany
  • 2014
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • German
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  • Spine #809

This evocative and haunting drama, set in rubble-strewn Berlin in 1945, is like no other film about post–World War II Jewish-German identity. After surviving Auschwitz, a former cabaret singer (Nina Hoss, in a dazzling, multilayered performance) has her disfigured face reconstructed and returns to her war-ravaged hometown to seek out her gentile husband, who may or may not have betrayed her to the Nazis. Without recognizing her, he enlists her to play his wife in a bizarre hall-of-shattered-mirrors story that is as richly metaphorical as it is preposterously engrossing. Revenge film or tale of romantic reconciliation? One doesn’t know until the superb closing scene of this marvel from Christian Petzold, one of the most important figures in contemporary German cinema.

Credits

DirectorChristian Petzold
Screenplay byChristian Petzold and Harun Farocki
Based on motifs from the novel Le retour des cendres byHubert Monteilhet
CinematographyHans Fromm
Edited byBettina Böhler
Produced byFlorian Koerner von Gustorf and Michael Weber
Production design byK. D. Gruber
Costume design byAnette Guther

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Christian Petzold and actor Nina Hoss
  • New interview with cinematographer Hans Fromm
  • The Making of “Phoenix,” a 2014 documentary featuring interviews with Petzold, Hoss, actors Nina Kunzendorf and Ronald Zehrfeld, and production designer K. D. Gruber
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Koresky

    New cover by Nessim Higson

Film Essays

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Phoenix: Just Be Yourself

By Michael Koresky April 27, 2016

In Phoenix, Christian Petzold sets his nuanced melodrama of postwar German-Jewish identity within a starkly realist aesthetic, making newly fascinating use of his enduring interest in the . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Current_28851id_075_thumbnail

Phoenix: Just Be Yourself

By Michael Koresky April 27, 2016

In Phoenix, Christian Petzold sets his nuanced melodrama of postwar German-Jewish identity within a starkly realist aesthetic, making newly fascinating use of his enduring interest in the . . . Read more »


Video

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Nina Hoss and Christian Petzold on Phoenix

April 27, 2016

Over the past fifteen years, German director Christian Petzold and actor Nina Hoss have worked together on six films, creating dynamic characters that highlight Hoss’s powerful talent. With . . . Read more »

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Phoenix (Criterion DVD)

DVD

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