La Mort En Ce Jardin

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Recharging his creative batteries with a "commercial" venture, director Luis Bunuel came up with the stylish if undistinguished La Mort en ce Jardin (Death in This Garden). Set in a steaming jungle, the film concerns a disparate group of refugees from a despotic military regime. Among these worthies is "good time girl" Djin (Simone Signoret), ageing miner Castin (Charles Vanel) and deaf-mute Marie (Michele Girardon). The deeper the protagonists venture into the jungle, the more Bunuel's patented surrealism begins...
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Recharging his creative batteries with a "commercial" venture, director Luis Bunuel came up with the stylish if undistinguished La Mort en ce Jardin (Death in This Garden). Set in a steaming jungle, the film concerns a disparate group of refugees from a despotic military regime. Among these worthies is "good time girl" Djin (Simone Signoret), ageing miner Castin (Charles Vanel) and deaf-mute Marie (Michele Girardon). The deeper the protagonists venture into the jungle, the more Bunuel's patented surrealism begins to surface. Only two of the escapees survive the ordeal, and they aren't necessary the two whom the viewers are rooting for. Some prints of La Mort en ce Jardin bear the title Gina. hel) F Lorsque L'Enfant Paris (When the Child Appears) was adapted from the hit play by Andre Roussin. The story revolves around the efforts of a well-meaning, highly moralistic minister, who wants the government to clamp down on illegitimacy. Complications ensue when the minister's own wife become pregnant--and all evidence indicates that the child is not his. Adding to the protagonist's headaches, his daughter, on the eve of her wedding to a wealthy young man, announces that she, too, may well be in the family way. Not to be left out, the minister's son declares that he thinks he's impregnated his father's secretary!
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Special Features

Audio commentary by film scholar Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz; New video interviews with actor Michel Piccoli and film scholar Victor Fuentes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2009
  • UPC: 880198096890
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Microcinema
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simone Signoret Djin
Charles Vanel Castin
Georges Marchal Chark
Michéle Girardon Maria
Michel Piccoli Father Lisardi
Luis Aceves Castaneda Alberto
Jorge Martinez de Hoyos Capt. Ferrero
Tito Junco Sr. Chenco
Jorge Marchegiant Captain Ferrero
Alberto Pedret Lieutenant
Raul Ramirez Alvaro
Technical Credits
Luis Buñuel Director, Screenwriter
Luis Alcoriza Screenwriter
Gabriel Arout Screenwriter
Denise Chardein Editor
Oscar Dancigers Producer
Edward FitzGerald Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
David Mage Producer
Paul Misraki Score Composer
Raymond Queneau Screenwriter
Marguerite Renoir Editor
Jorge Stahl Cinematographer
Alberto Valenzuela Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Death in the Garden
1. Chapter One [8:00]
2. Chapter Two [11:27]
3. Chapter Three [21:51]
4. Chapter Four [14:06]
5. Chapter Five [12:28]
6. Chapter Six [13:21]
7. Chapter Seven [15:24]
8. Chapter Eight [3:12]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Death in the Garden
   Special Features
      Michel Piccoli Interview
      Victor Fuentes Interview
      Still Gallery
      Feature
   Chapters
      Feature
   Feature
   Audio
      French Mono
      Spanish Mono
      Audio Commentary
      Feature
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