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Stage & Spectacle: 3 Films by Jean Renoir

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Near the end of his long and celebrated career, master filmmaker Jean Renoir indulged his lifelong obsession with life-as-theater and directed The Golden Coach (1953), French Cancan (1955), and Elena and Her Men (1956), three delirious films infatuated with the past, love, and artifice. Awash in jubilant Technicolor, each film interweaves public display and private feelings through the talents of three immortal film icons—Anna Magnani, Jean Gabin, and Ingrid Bergman. 

The Golden Coach (1953)

The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d’or) is a ravishing eighteenth-century comic fantasy about a viceroy who receives an exquisite golden coach, and gives it to the tempestuous star of a touring commedia dell’arte company. Master director Jean Renoir’s sumptuous tribute to the theater, presented here in the English version he favored, is set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi and built around vivacious and volatile star Anna Magnani.

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
  • Video introduction by director Martin Scorsese
  • Jean Renoir parle de son art: part one of Jacques Rivette's three-part interview with Renoir
  • A collection of rare production stills
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Plus: a new essay by writer Jonathan Rosenbaum on The Golden Coach, French Cancan, and Elena and Her Men, and an original essay by film critic Andrew Sarris

French Cancan (1955)

Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women—an Egyptian belly-dancer and a naive working girl turned cancan star. This celebration of life, art and the City of Light (with a cameo by Edith Piaf) is a Technicolor tour de force by a master of modern cinema.

  • New high definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
  • Jean Renoir—Hollywood and Beyond: part two of a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by David Thompson, featuring reflections on Renoir from his family, friends, collaborators, and admirers
  • Jean Renoir parle de son art: part three of Jacques Rivette's three-part interview with Renoir
  • A collection of production stills
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Plus: an original essay by Renoir historian Christopher Faulkner

Elena and Her Men (1956)

Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze Juillet carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir’s delirious romantic comedy Elena and her Men(Elena et les hommes) stars a radiant Ingrid Bergman as a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love. When Elena elicits the fascination of a famous general, she finds herself at the center of romantic machinations and political scheming, with the hearts of several men—as well as the future of France—in her hands.

  • New high definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
  • Jean Renoir—Hollywood and Beyond: part two of a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by David Thompson, featuring reflections on Renoir from his family, friends, collaborators, and admirers
  • Jean Renoir parle de son art: part three of Jacques Rivette's three-part interview with Renoir
  • A collection of production stills
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Plus: an original essay by Renoir historian Christopher Faulkner