Criterion Collection: Coup De Grace

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This double-feature video combines a highly regarded French short subject and a less celebrated but still worthwhile French-German feature. Based on a short story by Ambrose Bierce, director Robert Enrico's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge details the desperate escape attempt made by a condemned Confederate prisoner during the Civil War. To tell any more would be to give away Bierce's sardonic punchline. Released in France in 1962, Occurrence was given its widest American exposure when it was shown as a 1964 ...
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Overview

This double-feature video combines a highly regarded French short subject and a less celebrated but still worthwhile French-German feature. Based on a short story by Ambrose Bierce, director Robert Enrico's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge details the desperate escape attempt made by a condemned Confederate prisoner during the Civil War. To tell any more would be to give away Bierce's sardonic punchline. Released in France in 1962, Occurrence was given its widest American exposure when it was shown as a 1964 episode of the TV anthology The Twilight Zone. 1976's Coup de Grace (released in Germany as Der Fangschluss) was inspired by a Marguerite Yourcenar novel and directed by Volker Schlondorff. The story is set in Latvia in 1919, at the height of the Soviet Civil War. Margarethe von Trotta plays an aristocrat sympathetic to the Communist cause. Besides her ruinous habit of falling love with men who do not love her, Margarethe's tragic flaw is her refusal to acknowledge the cost of the revolution in terms of human lives. Director Schlondorff tends to dole out symbolism with a steamshovel; still, he effectively conveys his basic thesis that morality and politics invariably cancel each other out, and that to look for "solutions" is tantamount to chasing rainbows.
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Special Features

New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions; Interview with Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2003
  • UPC: 037429177921
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.77:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: Deutsche, Français
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,232

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margarethe von Trotta Sophie
Matthias Habich Erich von Lhomond
Rudiger Kirschstein Konrad
Mathieu Carrière Volkmar von Plessen
Henry van Lyck Borschikoff
Marc Eyraud Dr. Paul Rugen
Bruno Thost Chopin
Valeska Gert Aunt Praskovia
Technical Credits
Volker Schlöndorff Director
Jutta Brückner Screenwriter
Henri Colpi Editor
Genevieve Dormann Screenwriter
Annette Dorn Editor
Eberhard Junkersdorf Executive Producer
Hans Jurgen Kiebach Production Designer
Igor Luther Cinematographer
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Jane Sperr Editor
Margarethe von Trotta Screenwriter
Ingrid Zore Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:49]
2. Return From Battle [4:41]
3. Vestiges of War [5:22]
4. Lost Causes [5:08]
5. Crossing the Lines [10:07]
6. Crossfire [7:00]
7. Trip to Riga [7:14]
8. Franz's Dream [8:32]
9. Air Raid [5:10]
10. Volkmar Arrives [7:29]
11. Christmas Eve [6:47]
12. An Ambush [8:48]
13. Search for Fugitives [8:27]
14. Prisonsers [4:58]
15. A Last Request [4:10]
1. The Origins of the Film [10:42]
2. Matthias Habich [2:31]
3. Mathieu Carrière [1:10]
4. Marc Eyraud [1:39]
5. Valeska Gert [3:43]
6. Igor Luther [4:48]
7. Henri Colpi and Stanley Myers [2:59]
8. Jean-Pierre Melville [1:36]
9. Marguerite Yourcenar [6:57]
10. The Ending of the Film [6:51]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Color Bars
   Schlöndorff/Von Trotta Interview
      Play
      Index
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    This description is from the VHS issue! Occurrence at Owl Creek

    This description is from the VHS issue! Occurrence at Owl Creek is NOT on this disc!

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