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Blanche Dual Format
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Blanche

One of the greatest of all medieval films, not least for its utterly distinctive realisation of a recognisable yet alien world, Walerian Borowczyk’s third feature was widely hailed as a masterpiece from the moment it first appeared and is still regarded as one of his greatest films.

Based on Juliusz SÅ‚owacki’s 19th-century play Mazepa but relocated to 13th-century France, Blanche tells the story of the beautiful young wife (Ligia Branice) of a nobleman many decades older (French acting legend Michel Simon).  As innocent as her name suggests, Blanche becomes the unwilling centre of attention in a power struggle between her husband, the visiting King and his page, the latter a notorious womaniser.  Its unique visual style resembles a medieval fresco, and its period-instruments soundtrack, adapting the ancient ‘Carmina Burana’ song book, was years ahead of its time.

Blanche is presented in a brand new high-definition restoration from original 35mm elements.
Production Year: 1971
Region Code: B
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 93
Number of Discs: 1
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Audio: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Colour: Colour
TITLE NAME
Director Walerian Borowczyk
Cast Michel Simon
Cast Georges Wilson
Cast Jacques Perrin
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
  • New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts
  • Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles where necessary
  • Introduction by Schalcken the Painter director Leslie Megahey
  • Ballad of Imprisonment, a documentary about the film featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte
  • Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly edited archival interview in which Borowczyk discusses painting, cinema and sex
  • Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original poster designs

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