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Therese Raquin (1953)

Therese Raquin (1953)

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Product Notes

Though filmed once before as a 1927 silent film by Carne's mentor Jacques Feyder, Emile Zola's novel Therese Raquin received a wholly original re-working when director Marcel Carne (Port of Shadows) adapted it himself in 1953. Carnes blended the theatricality of his revered Children of Paradise with the neo-realism of his trenchant pre-and post-war dramas into a film that bears more of a resemblance to James M Cain's the Postman Always Rings Twice and Luchino Viscounti's Ossessione than to the Zola of Nana and Germinal. Carne's "clinical injections of suspense" (New York Times) earned him the Silver Lion director's prize at the 1953 Venice Film Festival. Star-crossed lovers Therese (Simone Signoret - Les Diaboligues) and Laurent (Raf Vallone - Bitter Rice) think they've gotten away with murder after Therese's weakling husband "falls" from a speeding train. But when forced to contend with a blackmailer's demands and the mute accusations of Therese's monster-in-law (French stage and screen diva Sylvie, in a scene stealing performance), it's only a matter of time before the law, their passion or blind chance trip them up. Future Oscar winner Simone Signoret emerged from premature self-imposed retirement as full-time wife to Yves Montand in order to play Therese. Kino presents Therese Raquin - perhaps the last great Marcel Carnes film and one of the first to be championed when French critics rescues Carne's post-war creative reputation from critical limbo in 1980's - for the first time on US DVD, newly subtitled and ready for rediscovery.

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    Title: Therese Raquin (1953)
    Genre: Drama-Classics, Foreign-French
    Starring: Roland Le Saffre, Sylvie, Raf Vallone, Simone Signoret, Marcel Andre, Jacques Hilling, Jacques Duby, Maria-Pia Casilio
    Directors: Marcel Carne, Marcel Carn
    Attributes: Full Frame, Black & White, Subtitled
    Release Date: 11/22/2005
    Original Year: 1953
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: UNR
    Catalog #: 4442
    UPC: 738329044428
    Item #: KOV004442

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 11/22/2005
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 102 minutes
    Studio: Kino Video