2020 maybe less than 2 weeks away, Criterion Collection are already looking forward to March 2020. With Classic James Stewart, Visual Poem and A Postmodern Masterpiece.
On 9 March comes ANTONIO GAUDI. Less a documentary than a visual poem, Hiroshi Teshigahara’s film takes viewers on a tour of Gaudí’s truly spectacular architecture, including his massive, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona.
Following on 16 March is ANATOMY OF A MURDER starring James Stewart as a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case. This is a gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom potboiler, the most popular film from Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger.
On 30 March arrives THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN, a postmodern masterpiece that had been considered unfilmable. Starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, it’s a beguiling, intellectually nimble feat of filmmaking, starring a pair of legendary actors in early leading roles.
ANTONIO GAUDI | 9 MARCH
Catalan architect ANTONI GAUDÍ (1852–1926) designed some of the world’s most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks; Japanese director HIROSHI TESHIGAHARA (Woman in the Dunes) constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made. In Antonio Gaudí, their artistry melds in a unique, enthralling cinematic experience. Less a documentary than a visual poem, Teshigahara’s film takes viewers on a tour of Gaudí’s truly spectacular architecture, including his massive, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona. With camera work as bold and sensual as the curves of his subject’s organic structures, Teshigahara immortalizes Gaudí on film.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Interview with architect Arata Isozaki from 2008
Gaudí, Catalunya, 1959, footage from director Hiroshi Teshigahara’s first trip to Spain
Visions of Space: “Antoni Gaudí,” an hour-long documentary from 2003 on the architect’s life and work
BBC program on Gaudí by filmmaker Ken Russell
Sculptures by Sofu—Vita, a 1963 short film by Teshigahara on the sculpture work of his father, Sofu Teshigahara
PLUS: An essay by art historian Dore Ashton, a 1986 reminiscence by Hiroshi Teshigahara, and excerpts from a 1959 conversation between Hiroshi and Sofu Teshigahara on their trip to the West
JAPAN | 1984 | 72 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.33:1 | DOCUMENTARY | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
ANATOMY OF A MURDER | 16 MARCH
A virtuoso JAMES STEWART (Vertigo) plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie’s BEN GAZZARA) accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Days of Wine and Roses’ LEE REMICK). This gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom potboiler, the most popular film from Hollywood provocateur OTTO PREMINGER (Laura), was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. With its outstanding supporting cast— including a young GEORGE C. SCOTT (Patton) as a fiery prosecuting attorney and legendary real-life attorney JOSEPH N. WELCH as the judge—and influential jazz score by DUKE ELLINGTON, Anatomy of a Murder is a Hollywood landmark; it was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New alternate 5.1 soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
New interview with Otto Preminger biographer Foster Hirsch
Critic Gary Giddins explores Duke Ellington’s score in a new interview
A look at the relationship between graphic designer Saul Bass and Preminger with Bass biographer Pat Kirkham
Newsreel footage from the set
Excerpts from a 1967 episode of Firing Line, featuring Preminger in discussion with William F. Buckley Jr.
Excerpts from the work Anatomy of “Anatomy”: The Making of a Movie
Behind-the-scenes photographs by Life magazine’s Gjon Mili
Trailer, featuring on-set footage
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick Pinkerton and a 1959 Life magazine article on real-life lawyer Joseph N. Welch, who plays the judge in the film
UNITED STATES | 1959 |CRIME, MYSTERY | 161 MINUTES | BLACK AND WHITE | 1.85:1 | ENGLISH
THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN | 30 MARCH
An astounding array of talent came together for the big-screen adaptation of John Fowles’s novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, a postmodern masterpiece that had been considered unfilmable. With an ingenious script by the Nobel Prize–winning playwright HAROLD PINTER (Betrayal), British New Wave trailblazer KAREL REISZ (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) transforms Fowles’s tale of scandalous romance into an arresting, hugely entertaining movie about cinema. In Pinter’s reimagining, JEREMY IRONS (Dead Ringers) and MERYL STREEP (Sophie’s Choice) star in parallel narratives, as a Victorian-era gentleman and the social outcast he risks everything to love, and as the contemporary actors cast in those roles and immersed in their own forbidden affair. The French Lieutenant’s Woman, shot by the consummate cinematographer FREDDIE FRANCIS (Glory) and scored by the venerated composer and conductor CARL DAVIS, is a beguiling, intellectually nimble feat of filmmaking, starring a pair of legendary actors in early leading roles.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New introduction by film scholar Ian Christie
New interviews with actors Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, editor John Bloom, and composer Carl Davis
Episode of The South Bank Show from 1981 featuring director Karel Reisz, novelist John Fowles, and screenwriter Harold Pinter
PLUS: An essay by film scholar Lucy Bolton
UNITED KINGDOM | 1981 | ROMANCE, DRAMA | 123 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.85:1 | ENGLISH