L'Amour à Mort

L'Amour à Mort

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L'Amour à Mort

Acclaimed French director Alain Resnais, winner of many international film awards for his ground-breaking creativity (Hiroshima, Mon Amour, L'Année Dernière à Marienbad), follows up his successful La Vie Est Un Roman with this continuing saga of love and death. This time, two principal actors from La Vie.. (Pierre Arditi and Sabina Azéma) star as Simon and Elizabeth, a new couple very much in love, and two more (Fanny Ardant and André Dussolier) star as their friends Judith and Jerome Martignac. After Simon has arrived at an archaeological dig he is directing in the south of France, he meets the winsome Elizabeth, and the two fall deeply in love, living joyously together for a full two months. Then Simon has a seizure of sorts and appears to have died, but he miraculously revives with memories of his experience that make his feelings for Elizabeth pale by comparison. As he searches for a way to express and regain that experience, he has another seizure, and this time he does not come back. Elizabeth continues their previous conversations with friends Judith and Jerome, both Protestant ministers, in an effort to come to a decision about her own life and death. In this highly symbolic drama, Simon is clothed only in black, Elizabeth only in red, and several dozen especially composed musical interludes alternate with the action, their sounds accompanied by a snow-like pattern that moves down a black screen. Although critics do not rank this effort by Resnais with some of his earlier, best films, Amour à Mort is still a strong cinematic statement.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2008
UPC: 0698452205731
Original Release: 1984
Rating: NR
Source: Kimstim
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:32:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Interview with star Pierre Arditi on the making of the film, and on working with director Alain Resnais

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sabine Azéma Elisabeth Sutter
Fanny Ardant Judith Roche
Pierre Arditi Simon Roche
André Dussollier Jerome Martignac
Jean Dasté Doctor Rozier
Genevieve Mnich Anne Jourdet
Lou Castel Michel Garenne
Francoise Rigal Juliette Dottax

Technical Credits
Alain Resnais Director
Jean-Pierre Besnard Editor
Jean Gruault Screenwriter
Hans Werner Henze Score Composer
Albert Jurgenson Editor
Catherine Leterrier Costumes/Costume Designer
Jacques Saulnier Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Philippe Turlure Set Decoration/Design
Sacha Vierny Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Love Unto Death
1. Opening [1:43]
2. Don't Be Dead [3:52]
3. Resurrection [2:08]
4. In Perfect Health [4:25]
5. Plans [3:17]
6. Two Couples [2:05]
7. A New Life [5:32]
8. Death of a Friend [2:43]
9. The Witness [5:39]
10. Misguided [2:36]
11. Concern [5:53]
12. Possessive & Selfless [2:59]
13. The Sound of Death [9:15]
14. You're Not Dead [4:04]
15. The Promise [5:02]
16. Life Without Simon [9:01]
17. Judith's Confession [8:59]
18. Confrontation [5:10]
19. Together Again [6:10]
20. Credits [1:14]

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