Fellini’s ‘Satyricon,’ Animated Classic ‘Watership Down’ and More Hitting Criterion in February
Fellini's 'Satyricon,' Animated Classic 'Watership Down' and More Hitting Criterion in February
The Criterion Collection has announced the selection of six titles to be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions in February, 2015. Descriptions below courtesy of Criterion:
Jean-Luc Godard’s “Every Man For Himself” (1980) looks at the sexual and professional lives of three people: a television producer (Jacques Dutronc), his ex-girlfriend (Nathalie Baye) and a prostitute (Isabelle Huppert). It’s a meditative story about work, relationships and the notion of freedom. Made twenty years into his career, the film was, according to Godard, a second debut.
Jean Renoir’s “A Day in the Country” was based on the story by Guy de Maupassant and was conceived as part of a larger project that was never completed. It was shot in 1936 but not released for 10 years.
In Nicolas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” (1973), Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie play a married couple on an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in that elegantly decaying city, they have a series of inexplicable, terrifying, and increasingly dangerous experiences.
“Watership Down” (1978) is a faithful adaptation of Richard Adams’ classic British dystopian novel about a community of rabbits seeking safety and happiness after their warren comes under terrible threat. With its naturalistic hand-drawn animation, dreamily expressionistic touches, gorgeously bucolic background design, “Watership Down” is an emotionally arresting, dark-toned allegory about freedom amid political turmoil.
1962’s “An Autumn Afternoon,” the final film from Yasujiro Ozu is also considered by many to be his last masterpiece. The story follows a man’s resignation to life’s shifting currents and society’s modernization. Though widower Shuhei (frequent Ozu leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure from their home.
Fellini’s “Satyricon” (1969) is a controversial, extremely loose adaptation of Petronius’s classical Roman satire. An episodic barrage of sexual licentiousness, godless violence, and eye-catching grotesquerie, Fellini Satyricon follows the exploits of two pansexual young men—the handsome scholar Encolpius and his vulgar, insatiably lusty friend Ascyltus—as they move through a landscape of free-form pagan excess. Creating apparent chaos with exquisite control, Fellini constructs a weird old world that feels like science fiction.