La Poison (Blu-ray)

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Format:  Blu-ray
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: August 22, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1951
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Note: New interview with filmmaker Olivier Assayas on writer-director Sacha Guitry's influence on French cinema
    • Sixty-minute episode of Cinéastes de notre temps from 1965 featuring interviews with some of Guitry's collaborators
    • On Life On-screen: Miseries and Splendour of a Monarch, a sixty-minute documentary from 2010 on the collaboration of Guitry and actor Michel Simon
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • French
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 6
Rating: 4/5 -- An eye-opener. It satirizes the technicalities and inconsistencies of the legal system, as well as society's fascination with crime, and maybe in a reveal of some of Guitry's personal obsessions, also pokes nasty fun at the institution of marriage itself. Full Review
Sep 9, 2017
La poison remains a vicious, and funny, document of a star getting his revenge through his art. Full Review
Spectrum Culture
Sep 30, 2019
A miniature masterwork in itself. Full Review
New Yorker
Jan 5, 2015
Guitry's cinematic invention is less visual than narrative. He has a flair of creative storytelling and verbal dexterity ... Full Review
Stream on Demand
Oct 6, 2017
Rating: B+ -- A delicious amoral black comedy. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Feb 12, 2014
Rating: B- -- The film is useful as a guide to Sacha Guitry's neuroses and charming for Michel Simon's thundering performance Full Review
Audiences Everywhere
Dec 27, 2018

Product Description:

Sacha Guitry both wrote and directed the witty black comedy LA POISON. This time, however, Guitry does not star in the film, relinquishing that honor to Michel Simon. Through a series of circumstances and plot twists too numerous to mention, an enterprising man (Simon) manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court. The murderer's defense strategy is targeted towards every man who has ever wished that his wife would simply disappear. If this notion seems familiar, it is because LA POISON was loosely remade in 1966 as the Jack Lemmon comedy HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE. While the original is more clever, the remake has more popular appeal.


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  • Sales Rank: 113,399
  • UPC: 715515202312
  • Shipping Weight: 0.24/lbs (approx)
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