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Name: CRITERION COLLECTION
Number: CRRN2795BR

LA POISON (CRITERION COLLECTION / 1951) (BLU-RAY)

The writer, actor, and director Sacha Guitry emerged from the theater to become one of France’s best-known and most inventive filmmakers, and La poison marked his first collaboration with another titan of the screen, the incomparably expressive Michel Simon. With Guitry’s witty dialogue and fleet pacing, the black comedy is the quintessential depiction of a marriage gone sour: after thirty years together, a village gardener (Simon) and his wife (Germaine Reuver) find themselves contemplating how to do away with each other, with the former even planning how he’ll negotiate his eventual criminal trial. Inspired by Guitry’s own post–World War II tangle with the law—a wrongful charge of collaborationism—La poison is a blithely caustic broadside against the French legal system and a society all too eager to capitalize on others’ misfortunes.

Disc Features
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New interview with filmmaker Olivier Assayas on director Sacha Guitry’s influence on French cinema
On Life On-screen: Miseries and Splendour of a Monarch, a 60-minute documentary from 2010 on the collaboration of Guitry and Michel Simon
New English subtitle translation
More!
PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 1957 obituary for Guitry by François Truffaut

CAST
Paul Braconnier - Michel Simon
Blandine Braconnier - Germaine Reuver
Aubanel - Jean Debucourt
Germaine - Marcelle Arnold

CREDITS
Director - Sacha Guitry
Written by Sacha Guitry
Cinematography by Jean Bachelet
Produced by Paul Wagner

87 minutes
Black and White
1.37:1
French

  
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