La Poison: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1951) / Region A
La Poison: The Criterion Collection

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La Poison: The Criterion Collection

The writer, actor, and director Sacha Guitry emerged from the theater to become one of Frances best-known and most inventive filmmakers, and La poison marked his first collaboration with another titan of the screen, the incomparably expressive Michel Simon. With Guitrys witty dialogue and fleet pacing, the black comedy is the quintessential depiction of a marriage gone sour: after thirty years together, a village gardener (Simon) and his wife (Germaine Reuver) find themselves contemplating how to do away with each other, with the former even planning how hell negotiate his eventual criminal trial. Inspired by Guitrys own postWorld War II tangle with the lawa wrongful charge of collaborationismLa poison is a blithely caustic broadside against the French legal system and a society all too eager to capitalize on others misfortunes.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 18 2017
  • Production Year 1951
  • Empire SKU 1924723
  • UPC Code 715515202312
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New Interview with filmmaker Olivier Assayas on Writer-Directos Sacha Guity's influences on French Cinema
Sixty-minute Episode of Cineastes 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 Micel Simon
New English Subtitle Translation
Plus" Essay bu Film Scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a Tribute to Guitry by Filmmaker Francois Truffaut.


  • Audio
    French DTS 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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