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Safe Conduct
     

Safe Conduct

Director: Bertrand Tavernier

Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydès, Christian Berkel

 
Safe Conduct, directed by the internationally acclaimed Frenchman Bertrand Tavernier, is given a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film on this DVD release. French soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include

Overview

Safe Conduct, directed by the internationally acclaimed Frenchman Bertrand Tavernier, is given a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film on this DVD release. French soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer, production notes, and a still photo gallery. This is a fine release that will be worthwhile for anyone with a taste for international cinema.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Safe Conduct is an intense but sprawling look at French filmmaking during the Nazi occupation. Director and co-writer Bertrand Tavernier has infused the work with passion and unexpected humor, but he fills the frame with so much chaos and so many characters that it's hard to keep all the people and events straight, and watching the film can be an exhausting experience. There are literally hundreds of minor characters running around, some of them major figures in the French film industry at the time. For example, most viewers will probably not realize that the Swiss actor (shown only from the back), who refuses to act while the Nazi "watchdogs" are on the set is supposed to be Michel Simon. The film has also been criticized for soft-pedaling French collaboration during the war. "When the Germans go," says Jean-Paul Le Chanois (Ged Marlon), a Jewish screenwriter hiding his identity to work for a Nazi-controlled company, "we wont have aided German cinema, but saved French cinema." Tavernier clearly shares this sentiment, and while he explores the moral complexity of the situation, he does accentuate the positive. The film is well acted and expertly filmed. The climax of the film, wherein Jean Devaivre (Jacques Gamblin), suffering from a terrible cold, travels all the way to England to deliver some purloined Nazi documents, exemplifies the film's strengths, as it's both harrowing and bitterly funny. Safe Conduct is sometimes troubling, and imperfect, but its immediacy and the passion it displays for its subject make it worthwhile.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
UPC:
0741952300892
Original Release:
2001
Source:
Koch Lorber Films
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:43:00

Special Features

Photo gallery; Trailer; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jacques Gamblin Jean Devaivre
Denis Podalydès Jean Aurenche
Christian Berkel Dr. Greven
Marie Gillain Olga
Charlotte Kady Suzanne Raymond
Marie Desgranges Simone Devaivre
Maria Pitarresi Reine Sorignal
Thierry Gibault Paul Maillebuau
Philippe Morier-Genoud Maurice Tourneur
Christophe Odent Pierre Bost
Ged Marlon Jean-Paul Le Chanois
Laurent Schilling Charles Spaak
Olivier Brun Jacques Dubuis
Olivier Gourmet Actor
Richard Sammel Actor
Liliane Rovere Actor
Serge Riaboukine Actor
Pierre Lacan Actor
Jean-Yves Roan Actor

Technical Credits
Bertrand Tavernier Director,Screenwriter
Valerie Pozzo di Borgo Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederic Bourboulon Producer
Sophie Brunet Editor
Alain Choquart Cinematographer
Jean Cosmos Screenwriter
Michel Desrois Sound/Sound Designer
Antoine Duhamel Score Composer
Emile Ghigo Production Designer
Christine Gozlan Associate Producer
Gerard Lamps Sound/Sound Designer
Valerie Othenin-Girard Asst. Director
Elisabeth Paquotte Sound/Sound Designer
Alain Sarde Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Rendezvous [6:32]
2. Nursery [5:44]
3. Scene to Finish [4:50]
4. Today's Catch [1:59]
5. Continental [3:07]
6. Mussolini's Forelock [3:16]
7. Olga's Place [4:23]
8. 28 Days [4:47]
9. Apples [4:43]
10. Nice Work [1:37]
11. Carefree [3:34]
12. First Take [3:43]
13. A Fan [1:59]
14. Dinner Guests [6:27]
15. Couldn't Have Done Better [5:35]
16. Eat With the Devil [6:01]
17. Watchdogs [6:31]
18. Summons [3:55]
19. Mr. Von Schertel [2:21]
20. Courage to Write [4:57]
21. Keep Going [5:33]
22. Godmother's Place [1:41]
23. Patience and Resignation [1:04]
24. There's a Place [7:33]
25. Doing You a Favor [5:47]
26. Above All, Rest [6:15]
27. A Big Package [5:17]
28. Go All the Way [5:37]
29. Tea for the Wife [8:25]
30. Inspection [6:18]
31. Resistance [4:11]
32. Spaak [3:36]
33. Story-Makers [6:29]
34. An Open Secret [2:13]
35. Credits [2:42]

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