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StudioCanal Collection: The Trial, That Obscure Object of Desire & Le Quai Des Brumes

The Trial

Feature by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL are pleased to announce the release of their latest StudioCanal Collection that aims to revisit some of the most iconic films from their back catalogue of over 5,000 titles.

Bringing together the very best of cinema, the StudioCanal Collection is a series of acclaimed and influential films on Blu-ray with unique special features and accompanying booklets, available in HD so as to present the best possible picture and sound quality.

Discover or re-discover great classics, iconic contemporary works or adaptations from literary masterpieces.

The Trial and That Obscure Object of Desire will also be available on DVD on September 10. Quai Des Brumes is out on DVD now.

The Trial (1962)

Based on the influential Franz Kafka novel, The Trial is a paranoid masterpiece directed by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil).

Josef K (Anthony Perkins, Psycho) is arrested, but has no idea what crime he is accused of. In order to find out what offence he is meant to have committed, and to protest his innocence, Josef K must go through the machinations of the judicial system, but he soon finds himself trapped in a dehumanized nightmare.

Welles’ claimed that The Trial was the best film he ever made. Rich with Welles’ trademark style, it is a visual feast. The icy black and white photography strikingly depicts the spider-and-fly games of an ineffectual man struggling against his inescapable fate. Using the cracked labyrinthine corridors of Paris’ ruined Gare D’Orsay as his set, Welles perfectly captures Kafka’s terrifying skewed world.

A masterclass in building tension, The Trial aptly illustrates why Welles is often cited as the greatest director of all time.

Extras include Welles, Kafka and The Trial documentary, Welles, Architect of Light documentary, Orson Welles, Tempo interview, an interview with Steven Berkoff: adaptations of Kafka’s The Trial and Metamorphosis, a deleted scene, the trailer and a booklet on the movie written by Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic and author of Discovering Orson Welles (2007), the editor of This is Orson Welles (1998) and consultant on the 1998 re-edit of Touch of Evil.

Certificate: 12
Running Time: approx 119 min

That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

That Obscure Object of Desire

Adapted from Pierre Louÿs’ 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire marked Buñuel’s final film.

Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the romantic perils of Mathieu (Buñuel favourite Fernando Rey), a wealthy middle-aged French sophisticate who falls desperately in love with his 19-year-old former chambermaid Conchita (Carole Bouquet).

Thus begins a surreal game of sexual cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu obsessively attempting to win the girl’s affections as she manipulates his carnal desires, each vying to gain absolute control of the other.

Brimming with the subversive wit which characterizes Buñuel’s finest work, That Obscure Object of Desire takes satiric aim at a decadent, decaying society riddled with political unrest and moral bankruptcy.

Extras include Arbitrary Desire (Interview with Jean-Claude Carrière), an interview with Carlos Saura, Double Dames (Interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina), a portrait of Luis Buñuel (Interview with Pierre Lary and Edmond Richard) and a booklet on the movie written by Peter William Evans, Author of The Film of Luis Buñuel: Subjectivity and Desire.

Certificate: 15
Running Time: approx 102 min

Le Quai Des Brumes (1938)

Le Quai Des Brumes

Le Quai Des Brumes is Marcel Carné’s controversial adaptation of the Pierre Mac Orlan novel of the same name, today regarded as one of the greatest French classical movies. Jean (Jean Gabin), a deserter, arrives in Le Havre and looks for a shelter before leaving the French territory.

Housed in a shed on the harbour, at the end of the docks, he meets an eccentric painter (Michel Simon) and a mysterious and beautiful girl called Nelly (Michele Morgan)…

From then on he will be trapped in a tragic destiny, in spite of his passion for Nelly and his will to live…

Extras include On The Port Of Shadows, an introduction to Le Quai Des Brumes by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor and Film Critic, Restoring Le Quai Des Brumes and a booklet on the movie written by Ginette Vincendeau.

Win StudioCanal Collection: The Trial, That Obscure Object of Desire & Le Quai Des Brumes

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Q. Who directs Anthony Perkins in The Trial?

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Certificate: 15
Running Time: approx 102 min