Jean Eustache on DVD

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Re: The Jacques Rivette Collection

#76 Post by Calvin » Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:31 am

Fran said to me months ago that he'd been trying to get The Mother and the Whore for years and Boris is not interested.

The only way we'll get Eustache releases is if it's crowdfunded, with any/all profits going to Boris - giving him total control over every aspect. But judging by his interviews, he has neither the understanding or the contacts to make that happen.

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Re: The Jacques Rivette Collection

#77 Post by tenia » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:00 am

I think he especially doesn't have the understanding for something like this.
He seems not to understand how to monetize this estate anyway, and it's sad all the work from Jean is stuck with somebody that uninformed.

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Re: The Jacques Rivette Collection

#78 Post by RossyG » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:05 am

I'm sad to see that The Mother and the Whore has become a monument to the director's son's greed and ego. Now both versions of Out 1 (and 80,000 Suspects) are coming to Blu-Ray, it's number one on my wants list. And there it'll stay, by the sound of it.

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Re: The Jacques Rivette Collection

#79 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:38 am

RossyG wrote:I'm sad to see that The Mother and the Whore has become a monument to the director's son's greed and ego.
What idiocy. If he doesn't put it out in good quality, that means people will settle for the next best available thing: pirated copies from old transfers that are constantly on YouTube, which nobody pays for and nobody but Google is making money off those. He's just shooting himself in the foot and screwing over the rest of us.

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Re: The Jacques Rivette Collection

#80 Post by tenia » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:00 am

hearthesilence wrote:He's just shooting himself in the foot and screwing over the rest of us.
Absolutely.

I've understood from people who've followed this story that he basically has no idea how the licencing fees, advances or whatever work. While he always said "it's not about money", it actually absolutely is : he just wants to get a gigantic check handled to him, but since he seems far away from reality, I believe he has unrealistic expectations about how "gigantic" such a check can be.

Meanwhile, indeed, he gets nothing, zero, nada, just what the TV and theatrical sales gets him.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#81 Post by jindianajonz » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:03 pm

I would also imagine that holding these films back is having a deleterious effect on the public awareness of them, which is only going to drive their value down in the eyes of any label interested in licensing them...

Shooting himself in the food, indeed.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#82 Post by chaddoli » Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:22 am

The Mother and the Whore is playing in New York on 35mm in January.
http://www.fiaf.org/events/winter2016/2 ... aman.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#83 Post by Drucker » Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:35 am

Thanks for then heads up. This is going to kill me on a work night but I have to go.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#84 Post by bearcuborg » Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:49 am

Luckily I have a copy, though I would like to see Mes Petites Amoureuses again.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#85 Post by JakeB » Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:10 pm

bearcuborg wrote:Luckily I have a copy
What do you mean by you 'have a copy?!'

Also, for UK people. This is screening at the Barbican on Valentines day: http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/event-d ... p?ID=18978

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#86 Post by bearcuborg » Fri Dec 25, 2015 3:40 pm

I have it on VHS and DVD.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#87 Post by JakeB » Fri Dec 25, 2015 4:27 pm

Ahhh, I see. Not going to remotely compare to seeing it on 35mm though, surely?

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#88 Post by bearcuborg » Fri Dec 25, 2015 4:41 pm

No, especially if you haven't seen it before.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#89 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Dec 25, 2015 4:45 pm

Glad I caught it at BAM a couple of years ago. If it's the same print that will be screening at FIAF, it should be a good one unless something happened to it in the interim.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#90 Post by JakeB » Fri Dec 25, 2015 4:54 pm

bearcuborg wrote:No, especially if you haven't seen it before.
I haven't. There's a HDTV rip doing the rounds online, but I will definitely make the trip down and see it instead.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#91 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:59 pm

hearthesilence wrote:Glad I caught it at BAM a couple of years ago. If it's the same print that will be screening at FIAF, it should be a good one unless something happened to it in the interim.
Are there very many prints of the film out there?

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#92 Post by hearthesilence » Sat Dec 26, 2015 12:50 am

Jean-Luc Garbo wrote:Are there very many prints of the film out there?
I doubt it - I imagine there's a good chance it's the same one.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#93 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:39 am

Metrograph's Jean Eustache retrospective goes on for five more days (including today) and I highly recommend going. The venue itself is very charming and elegantly designed, and somewhat off the beaten path in Chinatown.

My Little Loves played yesterday, and it looked beautiful - colors and light on previous video transfers look washed out and lifeless compared to the real deal. The print was worn around the reel changes, but otherwise it was in great shape and really did justice to Nestor Almendros' beautiful natural light photography.

It's a very fine movie, but I was immediately struck by how much it owed to Robert Bresson. This is especially true for the great climactic walk towards the end - which peaks with a wonderfully orchestrated shot that itself owes something to Vertigo - in terms of the cutting, composition and voice-over. The other great scene, the screening of Pandora, seemed a bit derivative as well (Last Picture Show comes to mind). I feel a little mixed about how the sources were so apparent, but regardless, I still enjoyed it and there are so few features from Eustache, everyone really should make an effort to see it in the best format while they still can. It plays one more time tomorrow night.

There are no more screenings of The Mother and the Whore - hands down his greatest work - but it does seem to screen in 35mm about once a year around NYC, so if you missed it, be patient.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#94 Post by Drucker » Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:45 pm

Saw Mother and the Whore today. Also had tickets for Santa Claus has Blue Eyes but I bailed, with some personal stuff going on and being under-prepared for 5.5 hours at the cinema.

However, Mother and the Whore was great, and opened with a New Yorker log for what it's worth. I'll try to jot down more thoughts in the coming days, but this, paired with some recent Oshima viewings is really aiding my ability to watch "New Wave" films, and "get it" in a way I haven't been before. For the most part, the print was in great shape, except around reel changes.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#95 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:13 pm

FWIW, Santa Claus has Blue Eyes pops up a lot on YouTube and usually doesn't look terrible.

I'd also recommend Le cochon, which is actually a great direct-cinema documentary. A bit under an hour, it's a film about sausage-making, which is hilarious only in that such a description seems to be a common expression whenever I hear someone deride a dry, making of documentary. Not in this case, which shows the traditional artisanal process used in rural France, done completely by hand (no electric tools), from the slaughter through the cleaning and the preparation of the sausage. A wonderful bit of anthropology.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#96 Post by charal » Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:11 am

For those who haven't indulged yet check out most of Eustaches's films on youtube with english subs. I just watched his second feature and found it to be quite interesting. The fact that I admire Bresson helps a lot in this regard since the film appears to be drenched in Bresson. Critics have declared the film to be too long for such a slight subject but I prefer to view films from my own angle. If you like spare, visual filmmaking check it out while it is available. The transfer is actually quite good. SANTA CLAUS is aclually quite the little comedy which is not hard to achieve with Leaud in the lead.

Alain Tanner's films are out with subs at present on youtube as well. LIGHT YEARS AWAY is eccentric but simple and MESSIDOR is much better than reviewers would have you believe. This film is nothing more rhan an extended esssay on freedom with a constant reference to the basic existential needs of food and shelter and of how we all take them for granted. Both transfers appear to be from the average out of print French DVDs.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#97 Post by Ted Todorov » Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:11 am

Just saw (for the 5th time since the '70s) Mother and The Whore at the Walter Reade - always I'm amazed just how good it is, for different reasons. It's playing again on Monday. Definitely will go to as many as possible at the Jean-Pierre Leaud retro, which does include one more Eustache film Santa Claus has Blue Eyes.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#98 Post by furbicide » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:26 am

Well, here's some pretty big news:

http://www.potemkine.fr/Potemkine-film/ ... 3f289.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

No word on whether it will have English subtitles.

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#99 Post by zedz » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:13 pm

furbicide wrote:Well, here's some pretty big news:

http://www.potemkine.fr/Potemkine-film/ ... 3f289.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

No word on whether it will have English subtitles.
My jaw dropped.

Potemkine are pretty good with English subs unless licensing prohibits it. (e.g. their Alonso set had subs on everything except for Liverpool, because that was with Second Run) Any extras might not be subbed, though.

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Re: Jean Eustache on DVD

#100 Post by Ashirg » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:46 pm

Amazon.fr isn't listing Anglais Sous-titres yet, but here's the extras -

Entretien avec Jean-Noël Picq (psychanalyste, ami de Jean Eustache et acteur du volet documentaire)
Présentation du film par Gabriela Trujillo, spécialiste de l'oeuvre de Jean Eustache

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