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Mon Oncle Antoine
     

Mon Oncle Antoine

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Cast: Claude Jutra, Helene Loiselle, Jacques Gagnon, Lyne Champagne

 

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Claude Jutra's emotionally powerful story of a young man coming of age in a Quebec mining town in the 1940's, Mon Oncle Antoine has become a celebrated touchstone of French Canadian cinema, and the film has been given a definitive home video presentation with this DVD release from the Criterion Collection. Mon Oncle Antoine has been transferred to disc

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Claude Jutra's emotionally powerful story of a young man coming of age in a Quebec mining town in the 1940's, Mon Oncle Antoine has become a celebrated touchstone of French Canadian cinema, and the film has been given a definitive home video presentation with this DVD release from the Criterion Collection. Mon Oncle Antoine has been transferred to disc in its preferred widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. Michel Brault, the film's cinematographer, supervised and approved the transfer, and the results are beautiful, with Brault's camerawork achieving a scruffy realism that also finds room for a painterly use of light, shade and color, and it has been served well in this edition. The audio is presented in both the original French and an unintentionally comical dubbed English track; both have been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono and the fidelity is excellent. Optional English subtitles are also included. Disc one of this package contains the feature and the original theatrical trailer, while disc two includes a documentary produced for the Canadian television series On Screen on the making of Mon Oncle Antoine, another documentary, Clause Jutra: An Unfinished Story, a slightly pretentious but heartfelt exploration of the director's brilliant but troubled life and career, and A Chairy Tale, a short film Jutra directed in collaboration with Norman McLaren. And the booklet features an essay from film historian Andre Loiselle, who discusses the picture's place in the pantheon of Canadian cinema as well as providing background on the historical events that color the story. While Mon Oncle Antoine has been a staple of Canadian broadcasting and repertory cinemas for years, it's been little seen in the United States, and this release from Criterion allows Jutra's masterwork to be seen in a manner that truly celebrates its outstanding qualities.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2008
UPC:
0715515030823
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
43,187

Special Features

Disc One:; New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director of photography Michel Brault; Optional English-dubbed soundtrack; Theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Disc Two:; On Screen!: "Mon Oncle Antoine," a 2007 documentary tracing the making and history of the film; Claude Jutra: An Unfinished Story, a 2002 documentary by Paul Baillargeon, featuring interviews with Brault, director Bernardo Bertolucci, and actors Geneviève Bujold and Saul Rubinek; A Chairy Tale, a 1957 experimental short co-directed by Jutra and Norman McLaren; Plus: a new essay by film scholar André Loiselle

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claude Jutra Fernand, Clerk
Helene Loiselle Mme. Poulin
Jacques Gagnon Benoit
Lyne Champagne Carmen
Jean Duceppe Antoine
Monique Mercure Alexandrine
Olivette Thibault Cecile
Lionel Villenueve Joseph Poulin

Technical Credits
Claude Jutra Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Marc Beaudet Producer
Denis Boucher Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Claire Boyer Editor
Michel Brault Cinematographer
Jean Cousineau Score Composer
Claude Hazanavicius Sound/Sound Designer
Clement Perron Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mon Oncle Antoine
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:53]
2. "I Don't Speak English" [6:56]
3. Jos [6:55]
4. Communion [5:43]
5. General Store [6:52]
6. Christmas [6:12]
7. Uncle Antoine [6:22]
8. "Beautiful Pants, Nice Fit" [5:16]
9. Carmen and the Veil [5:52]
10. Spying on the Woman [4:17]
11. The Boss [:08]
12. "Not That One, The Little One" [4:20]
13. Journey on the Sled [5:36]
14. Poulin House [4:34]
15. The Eldest [6:44]
16. "I'm Afraid of Corpses" [4:45]
17. Fernand Aud Cécile [8:05]
18. Benoit's Dream [7:13]
19. Color Bars [6:59]
Disc #2 -- Mon Oncle Antoine
1. Opening/Title [1:49]
2. Early Jutra [6:30]
3. Idea, Script, Cast [5:47]
4. Small Production [3:54]
5. Cinematic Realism [8:22]
6. Sex and Death [5:45]
7. Finding an Audience [2:52]
8. Politics and History [4:27]
9. After My Oncle Antoine [3:18]
10. Top Canadian Film [4:34]
1. Opening Credits/Title [1:21]
2. "I Am Claude Jutra" [3:30]
3. Budding Filmmakers [6:07]
4. Meeting Fellini [4:59]
5. "A Witness, A Friend" [6:14]
6. Paris [4:18]
7. À Tout Prendre [8:14]
8. "A Culture of It's Own" [6:37]
9. Mon Oncle Antoine [5:24]
10. Kamouraska [4:04]
11. Bitter and Disillusioned [6:05]
12. Interior of Outsiders [6:16]
13. Claude's House [4:24]
14. "I Am a Perpetual Child" [4:54]
15. Alzhemier's [3:02]
16. A Rehearsed Death [6:40]

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