La Bande des Quatre

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No film critic of 1989 could write an assessment of the French-made Gang of Four originally La Bande des Quatre without using the phrase "Pirandellian" at one point or another. The story revolves around the hand-picked acting class of a famed director Bulle Ogier who works only with women. The four members of the class Fejria Deliba, Nathalie Richard, Bernadette Giraud and Ines de Medeiros D'Almeida are assigned to study the text of the Marivaux play Double Infidelities. Now, it just so happens that the four ...
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Bulle Ogier, Benoit Regent, Laurence C?te, Fejria Deliba, Bernadette Giraud April 29, 2003 VHS Ex-rental in original box with one label on the tape. Box is in fine condition.

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No film critic of 1989 could write an assessment of the French-made Gang of Four originally La Bande des Quatre without using the phrase "Pirandellian" at one point or another. The story revolves around the hand-picked acting class of a famed director Bulle Ogier who works only with women. The four members of the class Fejria Deliba, Nathalie Richard, Bernadette Giraud and Ines de Medeiros D'Almeida are assigned to study the text of the Marivaux play Double Infidelities. Now, it just so happens that the four actresses share an apartment...and as they begin allowing the Marivaux play to influence their offstage lives, they share a lot more than room and board. A winner of the Berlin Film Festival International Critics prize, Gang of Four maintains an acceptable level of suspense and sexual intrigue throughout, though the spell is broken by a confusing climax.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While ($Jacques Rivette's The Gang of Four is not on the same level as his earlier masterpiece, Celine and Julie Go Boating, it is in some ways a good way to introduce people to the work of this one-of-a-kind filmmaker, for Gang is in many ways a "Reader's Digest" version of this director's career. Of course, calling a film that runs more than 2 1/2 hours a "Reader's Digest" version may seem odd -- but not when one considers the length of some of his other works. At any rate, Gang has many of the hallmarks (beyond length) that one associates with Rivette: an unconventional structure, a distinctive approach to filmmaking, scenes that last longer than is typical, a tendency to hint rather than be explicit, a concern more with character than story, the use of a mystery which is not necessarily resolved, paranoia, fiction vs. reality, improvisation, whimsy, sexual intrigue and a fondness for loose ends. It also, as is often the case, is a showcase for some startlingly real performances from a coterie of actresses. While Belle Ogier as the acting teacher, offers the most commanding performance, the work of all the performers is equally, if sometimes more subtly, impressive. If Gang falls a little short of some of Rivette's other work, it is nonetheless a fascinating and rewarding viewing experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2003
  • UPC: 658769024739
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Vanguard Cinema
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bulle Ogier Constance
Benoit Regent Thomas
Laurence Côte Claude
Fejria Deliba Anna
Bernadette Giraud Joyce
Inês de Medeiros Lucia
Nathalie Richard Cecile
Technical Credits
Jacques Rivette Director, Screenwriter
Pascal Bonitzer Screenwriter
Caroline Champetier Cinematographer
Pierre Grise Producer
Christine Laurent Screenwriter
Catherine Quesemand Editor
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