Stardom

Stardom

Director: Denys Arcand

Cast: Denys Arcand, Jessica Paré, Dan Aykroyd, Charles Berling

     
 

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Denys Arcand's 2000 supermodel saga Stardom starring Jessica Paré comes to DVD from Universal presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround Sound in English and French. Closed captions are accessible. The only special feature is the theatrical trailer. This is a completely adequate disc for a film that received a very modest

Overview

Denys Arcand's 2000 supermodel saga Stardom starring Jessica Paré comes to DVD from Universal presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround Sound in English and French. Closed captions are accessible. The only special feature is the theatrical trailer. This is a completely adequate disc for a film that received a very modest theatrical release in the U.S.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
More restrained, yet more caustic than the popular mockumentaries of Christopher Guest, the innovative Stardom risks flying over unsuspecting audiences' heads with its dry humor and barbed media criticism. Yet for all its vitriol and comic restraint, the film still manages to entertain and provoke. By co-opting the formal elements of infotainment, renegade writer/director Denys Arcand and cinematographer Guy Dufaux give their film an immediately recognizable visual rhythm; from gaudy talk-show debacles to steadicam sequences that recall the most annoying moments on MTV's The Real World and House of Style, Stardom's disparate formats all seem instantly familiar. How many celebrities' lives have we seen played out in just these sorts of tacky forums? As the time line accelerates and nouveau supermodel Tina Menzhal moves inexorably from obscurity to the A-list to pop culture's trash heap, the film achieves a sort of temporal poetry. Like a Behind the Music episode without the intrusive voice-over, Stardom dissects the cycle of celebrity build-up and decay with perfect acuity. The inverse of the loquacious hit man protagonist from the similarly themed Man Bites Dog, Tina is at once hopelessly omnipresent and utterly inarticulate -- a human being glorified in image but reduced to mute ubiquity. And because she's not a real celebrity, burdened with meaning, we're free to empathize with the indignity of it all.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
UPC:
0031398847229
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 16x9 widescreen; English & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Paré Tina Menzhal
Dan Aykroyd Barry Levine
Charles Berling Philippe Gascon
Thomas Gibson Renny Ohayon
Frank Langella Blaine de Castillon
Robert Lepage Bruce Taylor
Patrick Huard Talkshow Host

Technical Credits
Denys Arcand Director,Screenwriter
Charles Bertrand Asst. Director
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Philippe Carcassonne Co-producer
Michel Chauvin Production Manager
Isabelle Dedieu Editor
Francois Dompierre Score Composer
Guy Dufaux Cinematographer
Claude La Haye Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Lantos Producer
Jean Morin Art Director
Jacob Potashnik Screenwriter
Marcel Pothier Sound/Sound Designer
Cecile Rigault Makeup
Denise Robert Producer
Michel Robidas Costumes/Costume Designer
Lucie Robitaille Casting
Zoe Sakellaropoulo Art Director,Production Designer
Noah Vivekanand Timan Sound/Sound Designer
Micheline Trepanier Makeup
Nathalie Trepanier Makeup
Daniel J. Webb Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. I Miss Him [4:15]
2. New Hot Thing [7:21]
3. Philippe Gascon [3:16]
4. Paris [5:03]
5. Portrait [3:20]
6. Bruce Taylor [5:31]
7. Liquid One [4:37]
8. Brooklyn [2:24]
9. Fashion Show [2:57]
10. Interview [6:09]
11. Beauty and Money [5:22]
12. Class [6:01]
13. Celebrity Hunt [4:36]
14. Always a Concern [5:12]
15. Grauer Klinik [4:31]
16. Deposition [5:36]
17. Negotiation [3:50]
18. Wedding Day [3:23]
19. Wimbledon [4:35]
20. Not My Blood [1:53]
21. U.N. Outburst [3:18]
22. Marathon [2:31]
23. Home [1:43]
24. End Credits [4:57]

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