La Vie Est Un Roman

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With Life is a Bed of Roses, filmmaker Alain Resnais wanted to create a lighthearted tribute to three important French directors, each of whom defined a particular era in his country's cinema Melies (the first French filmmaker to use narrative--his most famous film is A Trip to the Moon), the impressionist L'Herbier (most famous for his inspirational avant garde work during the '20s) and Rohmer (most famed for his sextet of "Moral Tales" during the '60s). To present his chronicle of the human quest for a utopia ...
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With Life is a Bed of Roses, filmmaker Alain Resnais wanted to create a lighthearted tribute to three important French directors, each of whom defined a particular era in his country's cinema Melies (the first French filmmaker to use narrative--his most famous film is A Trip to the Moon), the impressionist L'Herbier (most famous for his inspirational avant garde work during the '20s) and Rohmer (most famed for his sextet of "Moral Tales" during the '60s). To present his chronicle of the human quest for a utopia of personal happiness and fulfillment, Resnais created two distinct narratives representing the past and present, and then interspliced them with a third more fantastical tale to provide contrast. Representing the past, the first tale centers on a monied eccentric who creates a "temple of happiness' in his chateau. There, guests are given a special potion, laid inside enormous cribs and surrounded by pleasant sensations to help them return to the blissful state of infancy. The second story takes place in the same chateau where a symposium on the techniques and philosophies of the eccentric are hotly debated and elaborated upon. Weaving its way between the two tales is the third, which represents the medieval fantasies of children in a forest who imagine the struggle between a wicked king and a brave good-hearted warrior.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; "Resnais Est Un Roman," a documentary film on the making of Life Is a Bed of a Roses
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Exactly what Alain Resnais is trying to say in the delightful but dense La Vie Est Un Roman is anybody's guess, but viewers shouldn't let the obscurity of its message prevent them from experiencing this unique and often fascinating piece of cinema. It doesn't matter whether the filmmaker is saying that human desire for domination is its downfall or that progress and destruction are inevitably linked or any of the many other messages that an individual may take away from viewing Roman. What's more important is what the individual viewer makes of it, and what's even more important is not getting hung up on the message but giving in to the weird and entrancing vision of this most curious of directors. Resnais' sense of style is in full flower here, and he's fully in command of his resources, creating stunning images, disconcerting bursts of song, and wildly imaginative homages to other directors and genres. And it's all fun -- if one sits back and simply lets it wash over one. The cast is also a dream; if no one actor is given the chance to dominate due to the film's triadic structure, they all play together extremely well as an ensemble, with perhaps Fanny Ardant, Vittorio Gassman, and Geraldine Chaplin standing out slightly. Approached in the right frame of mind, Roman is an engrossing experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • UPC: 698452205632
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Kimstim
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vittorio Gassman Walter Guarini
Ruggero Raimondi Michel Forbek
Geraldine Chaplin Nora Winkle
Fanny Ardant Livia Cerasquier
Sabine Azéma Elizabeth
Pierre Arditi Robert
Samson Fainsilber Zoltan Forbek
Véronique Silver Nathalie Holberg
André Dussollier Raoul Vandamme
Guillaume Boisseau
Flavie Ducorps
Jean-Michel Dupuis
Fabienne Guyon
Raoul Vandamme Andre
Robert Manuel Georges
Martine Kelly Claudine
Jean-Louis Richard Pere Jean Vatelet
Lucienne Hamon Juliette Vatelet
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu School teacher
Francine Bergé Young lady
Nathalie Holberg Veronique
Pierre Adriti
Technical Credits
Alain Resnais Director
Jean-Pierre Besnard Editor
Enki Bilal Art Director, Production Designer
Philippe Brun Camera Operator
Philippe Dussart Producer
Philippe Gerard Score Composer
Jean Gruault Screenwriter
Albert Jurgenson Editor
Pierre Lenoir Sound/Sound Designer
Catherine Leterrier Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruno Nuytten Cinematographer
Jacques Saulnier Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Life Is a Bed of Roses
1. Opening [2:03]
2. Temple of Happiness [6:39]
3. The Holberg School [3:38]
4. Welcome [6:55]
5. Harmony [7:31]
6. Presentations [10:57]
7. Memory [3:19]
8. Three Loves [12:21]
9. Pleasure [2:39]
10. Dunces & Hooligans [5:46]
11. The Meeting [3:31]
12. Music [2:42]
13. Italy [4:00]
14. Two Deaths [2:48]
15. The Method [6:13]
16. Discord [7:01]
17. Doubts [7:15]
18. Happiness of All [7:02]
19. Life Is Not a Novel [6:29]
20. Credits [2:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Life Is a Bed of Roses
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      English Subtitles: On/Off
      Documentary: Resnais Is A Bed of Roses (1983)
      Trailer
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