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Cœur fidèle (Masters of Cinema) is to be released in the UK as a Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD on June 27 2011

Masters of Cinema will be releasing the French silent film classic Coeur Fidele on a Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD package this June.  Coeur Fidele is the story of a barmaid who is continuously oppressed by her exploitative foster family that keep trying to push her into the arms of someone with questionable motives.  Her heart, of course, already belongs to another.  Masters of Cinema have gone to great care in assembling this Blu-ray package.  There is a new remastered picture, many supplements, and a 44-page booklet which contains many pictures and notes on the production of the film.  Coeur Fidele is French silent cinema at its best!  

SYNOPSIS:

Jean Epstein’s Cœur fidèle [True Heart] established the great French filmmaker as one of the most inventive directors of the (then still silent) art form. A pared-down tale of a barmaid oppressed by an exploitative foster family who attempt to push her into the arms of an unscrupulous regular-about-town, Marie’s heart (exuberantly vivified by Gina Marès) belongs, as far as she’s concerned, to the tenderly blank Jean (Léon Mathot)…

Cœur fidèle drives its simple story (which, with its infamous and exhilarating “carousel sequence”, helped pave the way for the narrative tradition of such Murnau masterworks as Sunrise and City Girl) on into the realm of what might be considered an early incarnation of French poetic realism — all while still anticipating Epstein’s magical, post-surrealist, later works.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT RELEASE INCLUDING BLU-RAY & DVD VERSIONS OF THE FILM:

• Beautiful new high-definition transfer of the film, officially licensed from Pathé. Presented in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, via a 1080p AVC encode on the Blu-ray, and now running at its true speed and length

• New score composed and performed by Maxence Cyrin

• Original French intertitles, with newly translated optional English subtitles

• A gallery of rare photography from Cinémathèque Française

• A 44-page booklet containing rare production photography, and writing about the film by Jean Epstein, Henri Langlois, René Clair, and more

DETAILS:

Label: Eureka Entertainment Ltd

Catalogue No: EKA70033 (RETAIL ONLY)

Barcode: 5060000700336

RRP: £23.48

Release Date: 27 June 2011

Certificate: TBC

Run Time: 85 min

Format:  1.37:1 OAR/ B&W

Genre: World Cinema

Director: Jean EPSTEIN

Year: 1923

Country:  France

Language: Silent/ French Intertitles

Subtitles: English (Optional)


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