Three Films by Mai Zetterling (Criterion Collection) (Blu ray) [USA]

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C.C. 95

The Snarky Assassin
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Release Date: December 13, 2022
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Director: Mai Zetterling
Writer: Mai Zetterling
Starring: Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom, Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson

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A fearlessly transgressive, long-overlooked pioneer of feminist cinema, Swedish actor turned director Mai Zetterling ruffled the feathers of the patriarchal establishment with a string of bracingly modern, sexually frank, and politically incendiary films focused on female agency and the turbulent state of twentieth-century Europe. Her peerless ability to render subjective psychological states with startling immediacy is on display in Loving Couples, Night Games, and The Girls—three provocative, taboo-shattering works from the 1960s featuring some of Swedish cinema’s most iconic stars. With their audacious narrative structures that fuse reality and fantasy, their elaborate use of metaphor and symbolism, and their willingness to delve into the most fraught realms of human experience, these movies are models of adventurous, passionately engaged filmmaking.

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THREE-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

  • New 2K digital restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • New interview with author Alicia Malone
  • Maybe I Really Am a Sorceress, a 1989 documentary on director Mai Zetterling, featuring interviews with Zetterling; her coscreenwriter, David Hughes; and actors Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, and Gunnel Lindblom
  • Lines from the Heart, a 1996 documentary reuniting The Girls actors Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, and Lindblom
  • Interview with Zetterling from 1984 on Loving Couples and The Girls
  • Swedish television footage from 1966, filmed on location during the production of Night Games and at the film’s premiere
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Mariah Larsson
Trailer for LOVING COUPLES:


Trailer for NIGHT GAMES:


Trailer for THE GIRLS:
 
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Space Cadet

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Night Games : "Night Games functions as both a feverishly perverse family portrait and a serious statement on the tormented soul of a modern Europe reckoning with the demons of its past."

Oh pls, first of all, not very good movie. Second of all, when European (in this case Swedish) is/are have existential crisis (lol) it _does not_ mean the whole of Europe is having one. Even tho Criterion Staff likes to think so. Come on people ...
 
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C.C. 95

The Snarky Assassin
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Premium Supporter
Sep 10, 2014
17,501
The Land, OHIO - U.S.A.
Night Games : "Night Games functions as both a feverishly perverse family portrait and a serious statement on the tormented soul of a modern Europe reckoning with the demons of its past."

Oh pls, first of all, not very good movie. Second of all, when European (in this case Swedish) is/are have existential crisis (lol) it _does not_ mean the whole of Europe is having one. Even tho Criterion Staff likes to think so. Come on people ...
Yeah- Criterion is starting to become that film studies teacher that sees messages in movies that don't exist. :LOL:
a director friend of mine who went USC film school told a story about a professor who was dissecting a Hitchcock film in class - and there was a scene where he went on and on about the significance of a light and where it was placed in the scene, and how it meant something socially or politically, etc.
Later that semester the same class had a guest speaker - the Director of photography for that same film.
One of the students mentioned what the professor had said about the significance of the placement of a light in a certain scene, and how it meant something.
the director of photography said: "That part of the set was dark. So we put a light there."
:hilarious:
 
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C.C. 95

The Snarky Assassin
Moderator
Premium Supporter
Sep 10, 2014
17,501
The Land, OHIO - U.S.A.
Yeah- Criterion is starting to become that film studies teacher that sees messages in movies that don't exist. :LOL:
a director friend of mine who went USC film school told a story about a professor who was dissecting a Hitchcock film in class - and there was a scene where he went on and on about the significance of a light and where it was placed in the scene, and how it meant something socially or politically, etc.
Later that semester the same class had a guest speaker - the Director of photography for that same film.
One of the students mentioned what the professor had said about the significance of the placement of a light in a certain scene, and how it meant something.
the director of photography said: "That part of the set was dark. So we put a light there."
:hilarious:
@Flloydo gets the Madame Zorka "seeing into the future with a crystal ball" prize for predicting this! :LOL: :thumbs: