Les Enfants Terribles

Les Enfants Terribles

Nicole Stephane
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville Cast: Nicole Stephane
Nicole Stephane
, Edouard Dermit
Edouard Dermit
, Renee Cosima
Renee Cosima
Jean-Pierre Melville

DVD (Black & White)



Two of the French cinema's greatest talents, Jean Cocteau and Jean Pierre Melville, collaborated on this remarkable film, with Melville directing from a screenplay by Cocteau, based on his novel. Les Enfants Terribles has been given a first-rate DVD release in this special edition from the Criterion Collection. Les Enfants Terribles has been brought to disc in its original Academy aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the high-definition transfer looks excellent, rendering cinematographer Henri Decae's black and white images with precise clarity. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and sounds very good indeed, especially for a film shot in 1950. The dialogue is in the original French, with optional English subtitles. The film is also accompanied by an optional commentary track, in which critic Gilbert Adair shares his thoughts about Melville's approach to Cocteau's story. Other bonus materials include a 2003 television interview with actress Nicole Stephane, a short documentary on Cocteau and Melville's collaboration on the film (featuring interviews with actor Jacques Bernard, producer Carole Weisweiller and assistant director Claude Pinoteau), a chat with film writer Jean Narboni and historian Dominique Paini as they discuss who is the film's true author, a gallery of production stills and the film's original French trailer. In addition, the accompanying booklet features sketches by Cocteau, a 1971 interview with Melville on the movie, an essay by Nicole Stephane and an appreciation of the film from Gary Indiana. This top-shelf release of Les Enfants Terribles offers further evidence that Criterion has no peer in bringing classic European cinema to North American DVD.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2007
UPC: 0715515024921
Original Release: 1950
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:46:00

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Audio commentary by writer, film critic, and journalist Gilbert Adair; Interviews with producer Carole Weisweiller, actors Nicole Stéphane and Jacques Bernard, and assistant director Claude Pinoteau; Around Jean Cocteau (2003), a short video by filmmaker Noël Simsolo discussing Cocteau and Melville's creative relationship; Theatrical trailer; Gallery of behind-the-scenes stills; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A bookplet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Indiana, a tribute by Stéphane, an excerpt from Rui Nogueira's Melville on Melville, and drawings by Cocteau

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Stephane Elisabeth
Edouard Dermit Paul
Renee Cosima Dargelos/Agathe
Jacques Bernard Gerard
Roger Gaillard Gerard's Uncle
Melvyn Martin Michael
Maria Cyliakus The Mother
Jean Cocteau Narrator
Emile Mathis Vice-Principal
Adeline Aucoc Mariette
Maurice Revel Doctor
Jean-Marie Robain Headmaster

Technical Credits
Jean-Pierre Melville Director,Producer,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Monique Bonnot Editor
Jean Cocteau Screenwriter
Henri Decaë Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Enfants Terribles
1. Logos/Opening Credits [3:38]
2. Snowball Fight [5:00]
3. Elisabeth Nurses Paul [7:40]
4. Doctor's Visit [6:00]
5. Dargelos [3:19]
6. Mother [5:45]
7. To the Seaside [6:06]
8. Vacation Games [5:40]
9. In the Bedroom [5:32]
10. A Modeling Job [5:10]
11. Agathe [5:06]
12. Michael [9:18]
13. "Mourning Suits You" [3:36]
14. Paul's Own Room [4:53]
15. The Letter [7:57]
16. Elisabeth Spins Her Web [7:59]
17. Poison [6:28]
18. Dream of Death [7:41]

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