The Cohen Film Collection continues to add important and forgotten films to his roster. Every announcement is noteworthy news to movie mavens. In May, CFC is proud to present, for the first time in HD, a collection of films by director Maurice Pialat, the iconoclastic French auteur often called “the French Cassavetes.” Volume One includes the family drama “The Mouth Agape” with Nathalie Baye; the slice-of-life film about teenagers in suburban France “Graduate First”; and “Loulou”, a tale of tortured love of which Andrew Sarris described as “a masterpiece of subtlety and eroticism. Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert just happen to be the sexiest couple in the history of the cinema.” This volume is rounded out with over four hours of bonus material, including the 2007 documentary “Maurice Pialat: Love Exists”, narrated by Depardieu. Available May 17.
“A Married Woman” is an often overlooked masterwork from Godard’s most productive period. The plot appears to be simple: Charlotte (portrayed by Macha Méril) is a young married woman having an affair with an actor. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she must decide which man is the father and which man she will stay with. In Godard’s hands, however, the film, described as “a film about a woman’s beauty and the ugliness of her world,” is also a biting critique of consumer culture and the media constructed obsession with image. Subtitled Fragments of a film shot in 1964, in black and white, Godard creates a modernist collage that is beautifully shot by Godard’s longtime cinematographer Raoul Coutard. Cohen Film Collection is proud to present for the first time in the U.S. this stunning new restoration from the original negative. Available May 24.
In a railway coach Snàporaz (Marcello Mastroianni) wakes from a nap and seduces a beautiful stranger for a quickie in the bathroom. At an unscheduled stop, he gets off to an entire world populated almost solely by women. He follows Ms. Quickie through a forest to a weird hotel where a feminist convention is being held. He is so unnerved by the vociferous hostility of the militants that he hides in the mansion of a female killer who has wooed and won a thousand hearts. Snàporaz will be forced to run the gauntlet before waking up and realizing that his adventure was only a crazy nightmare. Fellini’s surrealistic and over the top fantasy “City of Women” earned him four Silver Ribbons by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists. Available May 31. Marcello Mastroianni’s mild-mannered Snàporaz awakens on a train in time then,