Le Silence De La Mer: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1949) / Region A
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Le Silence De La Mer: The Criterion Collection

Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb feature filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France. A cultured, naively idealistic German officer is billeted in the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presence - their only form of resistance - is complete silence. Constructed with elegant minimalism and shot, by the legendary Henri Decae, with hushed eloquence, Le silence de la mer points the way toward Melville's later films about resistance and the occupation (Leon Morin, Priest; Army of Shadows) yet remains a singularly eerie masterwork in its own right.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 25 2015
  • Production Year 1949
  • Empire SKU 1735039
  • UPC Code 715515144919
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
The short "24 Hours in the Life of a Clown" (1946), director Jean-Pierre Melville's first film
New interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
"Code Name Melville" (2008), a seventy-six-minute documentary on Melville's time in the French Resistance and his films about it
"Melville Steps Out of the Shadows" (2010), a forty-two-minute documentary about "Le silence de la mer"
Interview with Melville from 1959
New English subtitle translation
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a selection from Rui Nogueira's 1971 book "Melville on Melville"

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
    German Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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