The Dreamers

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Overview

The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci's sexually charged ode to the late '60s -- a time when politics, sex, and cinema intertwined and commented on each other in ways that shaped the new generation -- makes its debut on DVD with an anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Bertolucci is widely considered to be one of the most visually arresting filmmakers of his time, and this transfer shows that his skills have not abated with age. The English soundtrack is ...
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Overview

The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci's sexually charged ode to the late '60s -- a time when politics, sex, and cinema intertwined and commented on each other in ways that shaped the new generation -- makes its debut on DVD with an anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Bertolucci is widely considered to be one of the most visually arresting filmmakers of his time, and this transfer shows that his skills have not abated with age. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director along with screenwriter Gilbert Adair (who also wrote the novel on which he based the film) and producer Jeremy Thomas. They are full of anecdotes about the conception of the story, the film, and the time period in which the film transpires. The history of the film is showcased in a featurette about the volatile events that transpired in France during May of 1968. A making-of featurette, the theatrical trailer, and a music video for lead actor Michael Pitt's cover of "Hey Joe," round out this excellent package from 20th Century Fox. Two versions of the film are available on DVD, this edition contains the original theatrical NC-17-rated cut.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature commentary by director Bernardo Bertolucci, writer Gilbert Adair, and producer Jeremy Thomas; "Bertolucci Makes The Dreamers" documentary; "Outside Window: Events in France, May, 1968" featurette; Michael Pitt music video "Hey Joe"; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Notably released by Fox to U.S. theaters with an NC-17 rating, something major studios typically avoid like the plague, Bernardo Bertolucci’s 2003 film arrived with a whiff of scandal about it. The controversy surrounded the film’s frank depiction of sexual behavior, but the hubbub could not obscure the fact that the picture is one of Bertolucci’s very best. Taking place largely in a spacious Parisian apartment in 1968, The Dreamers focuses, laser-like, on three characters: Matthew Michael Pitt, a young and aimless American student, and the twins Isabelle Eva Green and Theo Louis Garrel, children of a famous French poet. They spend a lot of time at the cinemathèque, watching films of the French New Wave and talking about what they’ve seen. The trio’s incessant movie-trivia contests turn bizarre when the losers are commanded to perform certain sex acts. Despite this, the movie isn’t so tawdry as it sounds; moreover, Bertolucci’s handling of the material is faultless. A cineaste himself, the Last Emperor director clearly delights in interpolating great scenes from classic films, but the images he creates for this movie are no less voluptuous. The combination of movies, sex, and politics makes for an occasionally bewildering 100 minutes, but the performances are earnest and the director’s sure-handed approach is reassuring. Never quite as shocking as its detractors insist, The Dreamers is, in many ways, a throwback to the films and culture of the '60s. In that respect, it is every bit as satisfying and memorable as the cinema it lionizes as part of the plot. Both the theatrical NC-17 and video-only R-rated editions are available.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The film is extraordinarily beautiful. Bertolucci is one of the great painters of the screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • UPC: 024543128083
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Pitt Matthew
Eva Green Isabelle
Louis Garrel Theo
Robin Renucci Father
Anna Chancellor Mother
Florian Cadiou Patrick
Jean-Pierre Kalfon Himself
Jean-Pierre Léaud Himself
Technical Credits
Bernardo Bertolucci Director
Gilbert Adair Screenwriter
Hercules Bellville Associate Producer
John Bernard Co-producer
Lucy Boulting Casting
Fabio Cianchetti Cinematographer
Howard Feuer Casting
Janice Ginsberg Musical Direction/Supervision
Juliette Menager Casting
Jacopo Quadri Editor
Jean Rabasse Production Designer
Louise Stjernsward Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeremy Thomas Producer
Peter Watson Associate Producer
Stuart Wilson Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:55]
2. The American Cinephile [3:46]
3. Theo & Isabelle [2:49]
4. Dinner With the Family [3:48]
5. Everything Fits Together [4:02]
6. Spending the Night [4:46]
7. Visions of Garbo [6:24]
8. Roommates [3:05]
9. Keaton or Chaplin? [3:09]
10. The Bande à part Test [1:45]
11. One of Us [2:48]
12. The Film & the Forfeit [4:36]
13. Raising the Stakes [4:43]
14. What Would You Do? [1:16]
15. The Same as Twins [10:34]
16. Lunch [3:23]
17. Complicated [2:49]
18. Three in a Tub [4:30]
19. Proof of Love [1:36]
20. The Date [3:42]
21. The Secret Side [5:00]
22. Distinct Contradictions [4:24]
23. It's Forever... [4:55]
24. The Naked Truth [:02]
25. To Die Like Mouchette [6:02]
26. Revolution [1:25]
27. Love or Violence? [3:29]
28. End Titles [3:41]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      French Dolby Surround
      Commentary by Bernardo Bertolucci, Gilbert Adair and Jeremy Thomas
      English Subtitles
      Spanish Subtitles
      No Subtitles
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Bernardo Bertolucci, Gilbert Adair and Jeremy Thomas On
      Commentary by Bernardo Bertolucci, Gilbert Adair and Jeremy Thomas Off
      Bertolucci Makes "The Dreamers"
      Outside the Window: Events in France, May 1968
      Music Video: "Hey Joe" by Michael Pitt and the Twins of Evil
      Trailers
         The Dreamers
         Garden State Teaser Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Eva Green! A must see for all her fans. This is her most sens

    Eva Green!

    A must see for all her fans. This is her most sensuous and erotic role.
    There is also an R rated version, this is better.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Beautiful Feature for True Film Buffs...

    As I was browsing through DVDs one day, I came across this Film, I didn't know anything about it, but knew whom the Director was and also Michael Pitt, but other than that, I bought this feature out of pure whim. The fact it was an Erotic feature did intise me a little bit, but also just the overall look of the film. The fact it is an NC-17 feature always grabs my attention, not for just the sexuality, but more just for the controversy, in my mind, if a film can produce an NC-17 rating, then there has to be something stimulating about the feature to raise the eyebrows of the MPAA. During and after the viewing of this film, I was in awe of it's authenticity, the story, the characters, the cinematography, the soundtrack; everything seem to be on par. I love the fact that this film is based on Film Buffs, Michael Pitt's character, a young 20yr old American whom travels to Paris in 1968 to study film gets himself involved with a couple interesting characters whom definitely send his mind for a loop. A brother and sister (Eva Green, Louis Garrel) whom are so intrigued with Pitt's character, they invite Pitt into their crazy cooky world. This is definitely a film for anybody whom is a lover of Parisian life and even the 60s counter-culture, but mostly this film is based around Film, the characters discuss, debate and play games that deal with Film. I love the overall flow and style that this feature brings to the table, very smooth and subtle. There's a specific game they play which is shot so well; where the characters run through the Louve under 9min, just like in an old classic. Michael Pitt is the stand-out performance, I guess other major actors were very interested in playing his character, but had to pass due to full nudity. Which is another thing I was quite taken back with; just how real the Sex seemed to be portrayed within the film between Pitt and Green. Michael Pitt proves why he is a true actor that will hit some very high and powerful heights in the near future in his career. So for you film freaks and film buffs, watch this film immediately, if anybody will love it; YOU WILL!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Strange

    In an age where Americans and French absolutely hate each other, maybe we can through Bernardo Bertolucci have a love fest (literally). In a film that's style reminded me of Fellini, an awkward American finds his romantic and erotic self in the most Romantic of places in the most romantic era, Vietnam-era Paris. Michael Pitt, a capable actor shows a lot more than talent, in a drama that had no beginning or end, just an unanswered middle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Film That Plays Like Chamber Music

    THE DREAMERS has certainly polarized viewers: those who are devoted Bertolucci fans welcome this very unique work and those who object to viewing explicit youthful sensual exploration loathe it. Taken in the vein of Bertolucci's output, it is more a youthful version of his LAST TANGO IN PARIS and as such it is a rather quiet, elegiac exploration of the needs and desires of the disenfranchised youth of the 1960s. The love triangle here is played out by brother/sister Theo/Isabelle ( Louis Garrel and Eva Green) and the American student Matthew (Michael Pitt, in a role that is surprisingly well acted). How they interact, mixing their obsession with old movies with their need to act out their feelings in the 'self-imposed' repression of the isolation of a Parisian apartment when outside the real world is undergoing the Protest Period of the 1960s' disdain for the Vietnam War, etc, etc, is the crux of the ambiguous story. There is no real beginning or ending to this piece, just a gleaming string of theme and variations that in Bertolucci's imaginative hands becomes moody chamber music. This is not a film for the squeamish but it is an elegant cinematic achievement that leaves a strangely beautiful afterglow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Most Extrordinary And Beautiful Film

    I saw this film at the Venice film festival, the first time it ever screened publically, not knowing anything about it. I watched the film stunned by it's beauty and honesty and left at the same time crying with my heart racing and adreniline running through me so much that I couldn't sleep for hours. The Dreamers was instantly my favorite film. Bertulucci uses his medium as if it were an oil painting and he paints like a classical master composing each shot with the subtle genius a Turner, Rembrandt, or John Singer Sargent. The film is honestly and bravely played by it's young cast, particularly Michael Pitt, who proves himself as the heir apparent to Brando of his young generation. The film is ultimately about love and a search for sustaining a love that is fleeting, and this is something to which we all can relate. See this movie! I promise it will not let you down and it will be 2 hours that will move you beyond words or imaginings.

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