René Clément's powerful tale of two children who make a game out of the death that surrounds them during World War II comes to North American DVD in a fine edition from The Criterion Collection. Forbidden Games (aka Jeux Interdits) has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the broad but subtle palate of gray tones in Robert Juillard's cinematography has been retained in this crystal-clear transfer. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, with a choice of two sound tracks -- the original French-language version, and a dubbed English track that, as such things go, is well-executed and accurate; optional French-language subtitles are also onboard. Most notable among the bonus features are alternate opening and closing sequences which created a framing device that Clément opted to abandon prior to the film's premiere. The disc also includes three relevant interviews -- René Clément from a 1963 television broadcast, Brigitte Fossey chatting at her home in 2001, and Clément and Fossey together on French television in 1967. Rounding out the package is a beautiful illustrated booklet featuring an essay on the film from critic and educator Peter Matthews. Criterion's presentation of Forbidden Games is appropriately subtle but gracefully executed, much like the film itself, and the bonus materials amplify the picture's qualities without overwhelming the quiet but strong voice of Clément's film; it's a worthy presentation of one of the landmark French films of the 1950s.
New, restored high-definition digital transfer; A collection of new and archival interviews with director Rene Clement and actress Brigitte Fossey; Alternate opening and ending to the film;
Original theatrical trailer; Optional English-dubbed soundtrack; New and improved subtitle translation. A new essay by film scholar Peter Matthews.
Disc #1 -- Forbidden Games 1. Opening Credits / June 1940 [9:26] 2. Paulette and Michel [5:01] 3. "She Came From the Road" [3:30] 4. "This is No Time to Die" [2:31] 5. Comforting Paulette [5:22] 6. "May the Good Lord Receive Them" [4:16] 7. The Mill [3:56] 8. A Son Dies [6:35] 9. Young Gouard Returns [7:19] 10. A Funeral...and Accusations [8:17] 11. Sins [9:02] 12. Trouble in the Cemetery [5:16] 13. Michel Goes Missing [5:32] 14. The Police Arrive [7:24] 15. Little Girl Lost [2:27] 16. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #1 -- Forbidden Games Play The Movie Chapters Interviews René Clément Brigitte Fossey Fossey and Clément Alternate Opening And Ending Play Opening Play Ending Trailer Audio Options French English-Dubbed Subtitles Subtitles: On Subtitles: Off
Forbidden Games 5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
A truly classical movie dealing with the mostly unseen side of WW2 from a child's point of view. The sudden loss of parents in a cruel and upside down turned world that a young girl cannot understand, establishing a new friendship with a farmer's son, and in the last scene the realization that she has lost everything and is really alone in an uncaring world. The acting is excellent and so is the cinematography catching the emotions. I have seen this movie when it was first released and I enjoyed just as much seeing it again. Narcisso Yepes'selection and play of the movies musical theme adds further depth to this excellent film.