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Cartouche
     

Cartouche

Director: Philippe de Broca, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jean Rochefort

Cast: Philippe de Broca, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jean Rochefort

 
Philippe de Broca's witty, lusty, utterly mature tale of bandits and derring-do gets the best treatment it has received -- outside of France, at least -- in four decades, on the Anchor Bay DVD release. One needn't even like this kind of costume adventure to have excellent reason to buy this disc; the film-to-video transfer, in the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio, has been

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Philippe de Broca's witty, lusty, utterly mature tale of bandits and derring-do gets the best treatment it has received -- outside of France, at least -- in four decades, on the Anchor Bay DVD release. One needn't even like this kind of costume adventure to have excellent reason to buy this disc; the film-to-video transfer, in the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio, has been done with such care, from a source so bright, clean, and sharp, that it's truly a feast for the eyes. The mix of color, the beautifully choreographed action, and the direction that keeps the whole widescreen image in motion all combine to make this a glorious visual experience (especially on larger-monitor screens, for which this could be a superb demonstration disc in its 16 x 9 enhancement). Additionally, the availability of the original French-language track (with English subtitles below the picture) allows one to properly appreciate the performance of Jean-Paul Belmondo, who, by turns here, crosses images with Marlon Brando and Errol Flynn. Claudia Cardinale is great to look at and comes off very well in the French version, though the English-language track is available for those without the patience for subtitles. The 116-minute movie has been given 24 chapters that are well-marked and nicely positioned, and the audio has been mastered extremely well, bringing out all of the wit and splendor of Georges Delerue's score.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
A film with two distinctive halves, Cartouche begins as a light-hearted swashbuckler, with Jean-Paul Belmondo casually fending off all comers with some help from his army pals, the giant Gentle (Jess Hahn) and the suave Mole (Jean Rochefort). When he falls for the lovely gypsy Venus (Claudia Cardinale) and assumes control of the crime syndicate formerly run by Malichat (Marcel Dalio), all seems right with the world. But the film is only at its halfway point, and from there, the proceedings turn melancholy. Cartouche falls for another woman, perhaps because she's married to the chief of police and the excitement of the ultimate robbery is irresistible. Isabelle (Odile Versois) proves elusive, which spurs Cartouche's affections, but disaster looms. A rendezvous becomes a betrayal, a rescue turns tragic when Venus takes a bullet for her lover. This is not the way The Adventures of Robin Hood or The Crimson Pirate wrapped up things, so for all its physical comedy and Belmondo's charm, the viewer may be shocked to hear the hero mutter a fatalistic line as the story closes.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
UPC:
0013131149296
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Languages: English, French; Optional English subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Paul Belmondo Cartouche
Claudia Cardinale Venus
Jean Rochefort La Taupe
Marcel Dalio Malichot
Odile Versois Isabelle de Ferrussac
Jess Hahn La Douceur
Noël Roquevert Recruiting Sergeant
Jacques Balutin Actor
Jacques Charon Colonel
Philippe de Broca Actor
Alain Dekock Louison
Jacques Hilling Actor
Paul Preboist Actor
Lucien Raimbourg Marshal
Pierre Repp Actor
Philippe Lemaire de Ferrussac
Raoul Billerey Actor

Technical Credits
Philippe de Broca Director,Screenwriter
Daniel Boulanger Screenwriter
Georges Dancigers Producer
Francois de Lamothe Art Director
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Christian Matras Cinematographer
Laurence Méry-Clark Editor
Alexandre Mnouchkine Producer
Charles Spaak Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:21]
2. Wheel of Pain [4:53]
3. Rogues in the House [5:19]
4. Enlistment [3:36]
5. Hail the Conquering Heroes [4:36]
6. Something for the Road [4:15]
7. Three Good Samaritans [4:24]
8. In the Inn [5:09]
9. Cartouche's Cart [7:30]
10. Missing Maiden [5:40]
11. Change of Regime [4:52]
12. Robbing the Rich [4:53]
13. A Proclamation [5:17]
14. The Bowed and the Unbowed [4:35]
15. He Who Hesitates [5:01]
16. Day in the Country [4:15]
17. Raid [5:03]
18. Bearer of Bad News [4:25]
19. Thief Charming [6:57]
20. "Such Is Man" [4:40]
21. His Gift to Her [3:49]
22. Sprung Trap [4:21]
23. Her Gift to Him [6:05]
24. Farewell [3:40]

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