Studio Canal have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray releases of Orson Welles' The Trial (1962), Marcel Carne's Le Quai Des Brumes a.k.a Port of Shadows (1938), and Luis Bunuel's That Obscure Object of Desire (1977). All three Blu-ray releases will be available for purchase on September 3rd.
Orson Welles directs this adaptation of Kafka's nightmarish novel, about a man lost in a system of intractable bureaucracy. Josef K (Anthony Perkins), a humble office worker, is arrested suddenly and without any explanation. Not even told of the crime he has supposedly committed, K finds himself on trial for his life by a monolithic judicial system. Once the gears of the state have started turning, K discovers that they are impossible to stop.
Tempo interview with Orson Welles
Interview with actor and playwright Steven Berkoff about Franz Kafka and adapting his work
Documentary - "Welles, Kafka & The Trial"
Documentary - "Orson Welles, Architect of Light"
Booklet on the movie written by Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic and author of Discovering Orson Welles (2007), editor of This Is Orson Welles (1998) and consultant on the 1998 re-edit of Touch Of Evil
Le Quai Des Brumes a.k.a Port of Shadows
Marcel Carné directs this 1930s drama starring Jean Gabin and Michèle Morgan. Army deserter Jean (Gabin) pitches up in Le Havre, looking for a new identity and passage to foreign parts. His progress is halted when he falls in love with Nelly (Morgan), an idealistic 17-year-old who finds herself oppressed by her supposed protector, Zabel (Michel Simon), and hoodlum Lucien (Pierre Brasseur). Jean attempts to rescue Nelly from their grasp but will it mean missing his own chance at freedom?
On The Port Of Shadows
Introduction to Le Quai Des Brumes by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor and Film Critic
Restoring Le Quai Des Brumes
Booklet on the movie written by Ginette Vincendeau
That Obscure Object of Desire
A tale of impossible desire from director Luis Bunuel. Mathieu (Fernando Rey), a widowed French businessman, becomes obsessed with a Spanish girl named Conchita (Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina). She claims to feel the same for him but nevertheless continually frustrates the realisation of his desire. Meanwhile, in the background, a series of terrorist bomb attacks are carried out by the Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus.
Arbitrary Desire (Video interview with Jean- Claude Carriere)
Video interview with director Carlos Saura
Double Dames (interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina)
A portrait of Luis Bunuel (interview with Pierre Lary and Edmond Richard)
Plus a booklet on the movie written by Peter William Evans, Author of Luis Bunuel: Subjectivity and Desire