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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT155-BR

MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (1969) (SPECIAL PROMOTION) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Michel Bouquet, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, Nelly Borgeaud
Directed By:  Francois Truffaut
Composed By:  Antoine Duhamel

“A film noir shot in dazzling color, a Hitchcock movie with the soul of a Jean Renoir drama. The latter is this movie’s dedicatee, and his humane vision of the animal that is man is very much in evidence.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“So full of lovely, complex things—of unannounced emotions, of ideas, of the memories of other movies…that it defies easy definition and blithely triumphs…It is the creation of a superior moviemaker who works eccentrically in the classical tradition.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“A cool combo of film noir, star vehicle, and picaresque romance. It’s vintage Truffaut, and a great way to get acquainted or reacquainted with one of cinema’s true masters.” – sfgate.com

Pantheon director François Truffaut’s adaptation of Cornell Woolrich’s Waltz into Darkness, Mississippi Mermaid (1969) stars the iconic Jean-Paul Belmondo as a wealthy plantation owner on Réunion Island who falls madly in love with his mail-order bride (the stunning Catherine Deneuve), despite the fact that she is not quite what she seems—and is, in fact, a lot worse. This tale of obsessive love features music by Antoine Duhamel, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

LANGUAGE: French
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: French 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English
1969 / Color
123 MINUTES
RATED R Some Nudity/Sexuality

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mike Sanders on March 26, 2017 9:54 PM
When wealthy yet lonely plantation owner Louis Mahe places a lonely hearts ad in the paper, he thinks he's hit the jackpot when he gets a response from a woman named Julia Rousell. After a brief letter writing courtship, the two plan to marry but on the day Louis goes to meet her fresh off the steamship Mississippi Mermaid, the woman he meets looks nothing like the woman in the picture. Instead of being plain, this woman is strikingly beautiful. After a flippant response to his inquiries about the deception, Louis then reveals that he told her a lie about his financial status. The two still get married despite Julia's foreboding warning that the two can not be trusted. Her warning proves all but accurate and soon Julia's darker side is revealed after she robs Louis blind of all his money and goes on the run. Yet despite everything, Louis is filled with an obsessive love for this woman and will stop at nothing to get her back even if it means going to all ends of the Earth and becoming a murderous fugitive as well.

The movie isn't bad but it's far from great. Acting by Jean-Paul Belmondo is terrific as the obsessive Louis but the problem is with the casting of Catherine Deneuve. Yes she's beautiful but her acting is rather clunky and boring. Audio is topknotch but the video is spotty at best. Please note that the print used to make this blu-ray wasn't in the best condition to begin with. In one scene, the picture will be as colorful and vibrant as any movie made today is while in the very next scene, the colors will appear faded and lifeless. The only special features available are the theatrical trailer, a film historian commentary track which I have yet to listen to, and Twilight Times usual isolated track for the film's score. For the price, it isn't bad but don't go kicking yourself in the pants if you don't buy it. It's not worth that. It's loosely based on Cornell Woolrich's pulp novel Waltz Into Darkness. In 2001, a darker, more sexually explicit remake of the film was released called Original Sin starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie. The remake is much better in my opinion.

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