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Catherine Breillat
« on: 03 Jun 2010 - 12:10 »

Have seen a handful of her films recently, and enjoyed them alot -

Anatomy of Hell, Fat Girl, and this lesser known one, Une Vraie Jeune Fille http://www.obscurehorror.com/horror833.html

I would imagine alot of people would find her work pretentious and dull, but I was surprised at how entertaining and fucking weird they are. Especially 'Fat Girl' (Released by Criterion Uncut, Heavily censored by the BBFC over here thoughhttp://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/hitsa.htm) that I found incredibly disturbing (I won't say how, so as not to ruin the surprise).

Apparently she wrote scripts for David Hamilton http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075753/, before moving into directing herself.
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Re: Catherine Breillat
« Reply #1 on: 03 Jun 2010 - 12:34 »

Have seen a handful of her films recently, and enjoyed them alot -

I would imagine alot of people would find her work pretentious and dull, but I was surprised at how entertaining and fucking weird they are. Especially 'Fat Girl' (Released by Criterion Uncut, Heavily censored by the BBFC over here thoughhttp://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/hitsa.htm) that I found incredibly disturbing (I won't say how, so as not to ruin the surprise).


Definitely not dull.  Not so much pretentious as very academic.  You've got to be in the right frame of mind.

The US DVDs of FAT GIRL (from Criterion) and ANATOMY OF HELL are uncut.

The US DVD of ROMANCE is uncut but out of print.

Breillat was an actress also with roles in LAST TANGO IN PARIS and the awful DRACULA AND SON (both films also featured her sister Marie-Helene who was married to DRACULA director Edouard Molinaro).

I still haven't seen THE LAST MISTRESS with Asia Argento and Roxane Mesquida (FAT GIRL and SHEITAN).

She's got a new one that is apparently a feminist take on BLUEBEARD which should be out in the states next month, I think.

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« Reply #2 on: 03 Jun 2010 - 13:30 »

Definitely not dull.  Not so much pretentious as very academic.  You've got to be in the right frame of mind.

Agree with you there about Anatomy of Hell, and I've heard 'Romance' is quite a cold and detached film, however I found Fat Girl, and Une Vraie Jeune Fille quite breezy and narrative driven. Quickly paced aswell.
The Bluebeard film came out in the cinema in the UK, but passed me by (Breillat wasn't on my radar then), so will have to check it out. Someone told me it was inspired visually by Borowczyk's 'Blanche', which is one of my faves.
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« Reply #3 on: 11 Jul 2010 - 15:20 »

Definitely not dull.  Not so much pretentious as very academic.  You've got to be in the right frame of mind.

Agree with you there about Anatomy of Hell, and I've heard 'Romance' is quite a cold and detached film, however I found Fat Girl, and Une Vraie Jeune Fille quite breezy and narrative driven. Quickly paced aswell.
The Bluebeard film came out in the cinema in the UK, but passed me by (Breillat wasn't on my radar then), so will have to check it out. Someone told me it was inspired visually by Borowczyk's 'Blanche', which is one of my faves.

Just rented BLUEBEARD but haven't really started it yet.  It was shot in HD but it's a gorgeous looking film so far.  The US disc is of course a PAL-NTSC conversion with the Dolby Digital mix dubbed down to stereo and the subs burnt-in (par for the course with Strand Releasing which brings great films to the US theatrically (limited play, though) but then gives them cheap treatment on DVD.

ANATOMY OF HELL is based on Breillat's own novel but it comes out of Breillat wanting to adapt the similar Marguerite Duras novel THE MALADY OF DEATH but she was refused the screen rights.
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