- Number of Discs: 4
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 6 hours, 54 minutes
- Released: April 28, 2009
- Label: Kimstim
- 4-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
LIFE IS A BED OF ROSES: An homage to some of France's greatest filmmakers--Georges Melies, Marcel L'Herbier, and Eric Rohmer--Alain Resnais' triptych film pays tribute to the power of the imagination. Its three stories follow a utopian architect, reform-minded professors, and children whose magical dreams come to life. Together, the film's mirrored plotlines weave into an enchanting exploration of the life of the mind.
LOVE UNTO DEATH: Resnais (HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR) directs this candid exploration of love and mortality. When Simon (Pierre Arditi) suffers a nearly fatal seizure, it throws his entire life into new light. It also makes him reconsider his relationship with his loving girlfriend, Elizabeth (Sabine Azema). Strong visuals and effective performances help ground the film's swirling philosophical profundities.
MELO: Known for stylistically adventurous films like LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, Resnais transitions to a self-consciously subdued form in MELO. Adapted from the 1929 play by Henri Bernstein, the film follows the evolving love triangle between a violinist, his wife, and his best friend. "Melo" is short for melodrama, and the film offers an intriguing exercise in that tried-and-true form.
I WANT TO GO HOME: When American cartoonist Joey Wellman (Adolph Green) gets invited to show his work in Paris, he leaps at the opportunity. But his real purpose is reconnecting with his daughter, Elsie (Laura Benson), who has fled her American roots in favor of the City of Light. With Gerard Depardieu appearing in the role of an esteemed French intellectual, Resnais' I WANT TO GO HOME is primed for a satirical series of culture clashes.
Alain Resnais: A Decade in Film (Life is a Bed of Roses / Love Unto Death / Melo / I Want to Go Home) (4pc)
A FOUR FILM / FOUR DVD COLLECTION FROM THE DIRECTOR OF LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD AND HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR
LIFE IS A BED OF ROSES (LA VIE EST UN ROMAN) Alain Resnais pays tribute to three influential French filmmakers Georges Melies, Marcel L Herbier and Eric Rohmer with this lighthearted film about happiness and the power of the imagination. Life Is a Bed of Roses is divided into three parallel narratives. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer / (Resnais est un Roman) A Documentary Film on the Making of Life Is a Bed of Roses. Starring VITTORIO GASSMAN, RUGGERI RAIMONDI, GERALDINE CHAPLIN, FANNY ARDANT, SABINE AZEMA and PIERRE ARDITI. 1983/France/110 min/Color (1.66:1 Aspect Ratio) 16x9 Enhanced. In French with optional English subtitles.
LOVE UNTO DEATH (L AMOUR A MORT) From Alain Resnais, the award-winning French director of such cinematic masterpieces as Night and Fog and Hiroshima, Mon Amour, comes Love Unto Death, his moving follow-up to the highly successful Life Is a Bed of Roses. Made during Resnais s mid-career renaissance in the 1980 s, Love Unto Death is a tightly constructed meditation on the nature of love and death. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer / Interview with Producer Marin Karmitz on the making of the film, and on working with director Resnais. Starring SABINE AZEMA, FANNY ARDANT, PIERRE ARDITI, ANDRE DUSSOLLIER and JEAN DASTE. 1984/France/92 min/Color (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio) 16x9 Enhanced. In French with optional English subtitles.
MELO Alain Resnais, the legendary, daring, and acclaimed director of Night and Fog, Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad, adds an offbeat entry into his stunning oeuvre with Melo, a loose adaptation of Henri Bernstein s celebrated 1929 play. Resnais s first solo credit for screenplay in almost 40 years, Melo tells the story of Marcel (Andre Dussollier) and Pierre (Pierre Arditi), two lifelong friends who are also concert violinists. Azema won the Cesar (France s Academy Award) as Best Actress. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer / Interview with Producer Marin Karmitz on the making of the film, and on working with director Resnais. Starring SABINE AZEMA, FANNY ARDANT, PIERRE ARDITI, ANDRE DUSSOLLIER, JACQUES DACQMINE and CATHERINE ARDITI. 1986/France/112 min/Color/(1.66:1 Aspect Ratio) 16x9 Enhanced. In French with optional English subtitles.
I WANT TO GO HOME (JE VEUX RENTRER A LA MAISON) Alain Resnais, the legendary French director of many groundbreaking films (including Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad), collaborates with American writer / cartoonist Jules Feiffer (Carnal Knowledge) for this raucous satire of French and American culture. Special Features: Original Theatrical Traile / Interview with Producer Marin Karmitz on the making of the film, and on working with director Resnais. Starring GERARD DEPARDIEU, ADOLPH GREEN, LINDA LAVIN, LAURA BENSON, GERALDINE CHAPLIN and LUDIVINE SAGNIER. 1989/France/101 min/Color (1.66:1 Aspect Ratio) 16x9 Enhanced. In English and French with optional English subti