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An austere, absorbing study of what it means to be a person, The Wild Child is well represented on this MGM DVD. Beautifully shot in black-and-white by master cinematographer Néstor Almendros (who employed techniques from the silent age using modern equipment), the dual-layer widescreen transfer is clean and well presented, as is the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio transfer (though as conceived, the sound palette used is naturalistic and undynamic). This vastly underrated Truffaut feature doesn't come with any real ...
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An austere, absorbing study of what it means to be a person, The Wild Child is well represented on this MGM DVD. Beautifully shot in black-and-white by master cinematographer Néstor Almendros (who employed techniques from the silent age using modern equipment), the dual-layer widescreen transfer is clean and well presented, as is the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio transfer (though as conceived, the sound palette used is naturalistic and undynamic). This vastly underrated Truffaut feature doesn't come with any real DVD extras, but the film itself is well served.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Often overlooked in the François Truffaut canon, L'Enfant Sauvage is clearly the work of the man who made The 400 Blows and Small Change. Like both those masterpieces, it is sensitively attuned to the rhythms of childhood, but it is also a more austere and almost formal work. Casting himself as Dr. Itard, the bachelor physician who takes in an abandoned boy and tries to civilize him, Truffaut the actor is appropriately stiff, and the film's view of "Victor", the title character, is one of detached sympathy. Truffaut the director's use of black-and-white cinematography and irises suggests an affinity for silent film, and indeed, much of the story's power derives from its imagery rather than dialogue. (That's of necessity, since the story focuses almost entirely on two characters, one of whom cannot speak.) The film's philosophical undercurrent -- is Itard, the man of science, going to have his way with the savage right out of the pages of Rousseau? -- are never pushed too hard, because, as he always does in his best work, Truffaut is more interested in the emotional content of his characters. Another plus is the use of Antonio Vivaldi's elegant, moving music to reinforce both those qualities in the film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2001
  • UPC: 027616864499
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Pierre Cargol Victor
François Truffaut Itard
Jean Dasté Prof. Philippe Pinel
Françoise Seigner Guerin
Paul Ville Remy
Claude Miller Monsieur Lemeri
Robert Cambourakis Peasant
Tounet Cargol Child at Farm
Eric Dolbert Child at Farm
Frédérique Dolbert Child at Farm
Gitt Magrini Peasant
Nathan Miler Lemeri Baby
Guillaume Schiffman Child at Farm
Mathieu Schiffman Child at Farm
Jean-François Stévenin Peasant
Mlle. Theaudiere Child at Farm
Ewa Truffaut Child at Farm
Laura Truffaut Child at Farm
Annie Miller Mme. Lemeri
Jean Gruault Visitor at Institute
Pierre Fabre Orderly at Institute
Jean Mandaroux Doctor Attending Itard
René Levert Police Offical
Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director, Screenwriter
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Marcel Berbert Producer
Antoine Duhamel Score Composer
Nicole Felix Makeup
Jean Gruault Screenwriter
Agnès Guillemot Editor
Gitt Magrini Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean Mandaroux Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/A True Story [3:56]
2. Something Wild [6:03]
3. Village Idiot [5:25]
4. Evaluations [6:35]
5. A Freak Show [5:45]
6. Start With The Basics [7:11]
7. Love Of Nature [7:55]
8. 'O' Is For Victor [1:42]
9. Learning To Ask [4:58]
10. Making Sounds [2:05]
11. A Sense For Order [9:52]
12. Language Is Music [4:38]
13. L-a-i-t/m-i-l-k [4:57]
14. Spelling Victor [6:30]
15. His Home [6:03]
16. End Credits [:57]
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