Raymond Bernard

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Raymond Bernard was one of the first great auteurs to emerge in France during the first era of sound films, but his work fell out of favor in Europe after the rise of the New Wave, and he's never fully received his due in the United States. Eclipse, the Criterion Collection's new sister label, has finally given Bernard's two most celebrated films a proper video release in the United States with this special box set. Raymond Bernard includes 1932's Les Croix de Bois (aka Wooden Crosses), a powerful anti-war drama ...
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Overview

Raymond Bernard was one of the first great auteurs to emerge in France during the first era of sound films, but his work fell out of favor in Europe after the rise of the New Wave, and he's never fully received his due in the United States. Eclipse, the Criterion Collection's new sister label, has finally given Bernard's two most celebrated films a proper video release in the United States with this special box set. Raymond Bernard includes 1932's Les Croix de Bois (aka Wooden Crosses), a powerful anti-war drama set during the latter days of World War I, and 1934's epic-scale screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, released in three parts and running close to five hours. Both films are presented in restored versions; while the new opening credits to Les Croix de Bois warn of certain flaws that still remain in the restored edition, for the most part the image is strong, through the audio is often tinny and harsh (but still audible). For years, Bernard's Les Miserables was only available in a shortened reissue edition, but this Eclipse edition presents the most complete edition available in 2007, and the film looks impressive, with the photography by Jules Kruger and Rene Ribault quite beautiful in this transfer, even if the painted backdrops and miniatures aren't always up to Hollywood standards. Both films have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio, in the original French, has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no audio options, but both films feature optional English language subtitles. In keeping with Eclipse's traditional policy, there are no extras included in this set, though each film's slim case is accompanied by a thoughtful essay on the picture and its history. Film fans with a taste for classic French cinema will certainly want to give this set a look, and Bernard's Les Miserables awaits rediscovery as one of the most thorough and thoughtful adaptations of Hugo's venerable tale.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • UPC: 715515025324
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 6:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,282

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wooden Crosses
1. In Memoriam [3:02]
2. General Conscription [1:52]
3. The Men [7:43]
4. "Gun in Hand, Head Down" [5:13]
5. Patrol [8:13]
6. Laying a Mine [4:17]
7. "Tomorrow Is a Long Way Off" [5:53]
8. Relief Arrives [4:45]
9. Full Inspection [9:36]
10. O Lady of the Dogfaces [7:08]
11. For France [9:09]
12. Ten Days [6:04]
13. Mass for the Dead [13:57]
14. A Parade? [6:06]
15. "All Leaves Are Canceled" [4:01]
16. Lookout [5:54]
17. The Wait [10:36]
1. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #2 -- Les Misérables
1. Jean Valjean [7:06]
2. On foot to Digne [4:56]
3. Monseigneur Myriel [7:52]
4. To Become an Honest Man [9:21]
5. Fantine [3:48]
6. The Mayor of Montreuil-Sur-Mer [4:49]
7. Cosette and the Thénardiers [3:34]
8. Only One Man Strong Enough... [3:43]
9. Fantine's Money Troubles [4:45]
10. Injustices Done [6:40]
11. Fantine Pleads Her Case [6:29]
12. Javert's Suspicions [7:23]
13. A Mother's Wish [2:00]
14. Arras? [9:33]
15. Trial of "Jean Valjean" [7:22]
16. Identies Revealed [10:43]
17. A Promise Made [6:52]
18. Javert Hunts Valjean [2:54]
1. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #3 -- Les Misérables
1. Cosette Meets Valjean [7:39]
2. A Gift [7:57]
3. The Worth of Cosette [7:09]
4. Marius [4:49]
5. Young Revolutionaries [3:28]
6. Family Backgrounds [7:25]
7. Gavroche and Eponine [5:31]
8. A Plot Is Hatched [11:25]
9. Young Lovers [2:27]
10. Preparations [7:52]
11. Fight and Narrow Escape [11:18]
12. Love and Loss [8:22]
1. "Long Live the Republic!" [6:54]
2. First Shot Is Fired [6:44]
3. To the Barricades [8:08]
4. "My Life Is Yours" [4:17]
5. The Battle Begins/First Casualties [12:12]
6. Eponine's Confession [7:11]
7. Liberty, Sweet Liberty [6:11]
8. To the Sewers [3:48]
9. Underground Odyssey [8:04]
10. Javret's Decision [7:53]
11. Future and Past [5:51]
12. Good Wishes [6:01]
13. Good-Byes [3:21]
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Disc #2 -- Les Misérables
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Disc #3 -- Les Misérables
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two Great Ones From Bernard

    Wooden Crosses, based on the Roland Dorgeles novel, dramatizes the emotional, spiritual and physical disintergration of a French regiment during a particularly horrowing series of German counter-attacks during the last stages of World War I. The sound and cinematography are particularly outstanding - and effective for a film of its age. The irony conveyed in each situation is effectively rendered by Bernard, whose obvious aim is to show the futility of war. Easily on par with All Quiet On The Western Front, Bernard's observations, though unavoidably one-sided - given the material, are more subtle. Les Miserables, like Wooden Crosses, is beautifully filmed - though the obvious miniature sets date the film. In fact, all the sets seem to have been treated with five or six coats of dust. For authenticity sake? I don't know, but the wonderful acting and careful cinematography more than make up for what is essentially a historical melodrama.

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