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Laserdisc MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (1969) Catherine Deneuve French w/English Sub DLX LTBX Classic LD

Laserdisc MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (1969) Catherine Deneuve French w/English Sub DLX LTBX Classic LD

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Laserdisc Title: "MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (1969)"
Edition: Deluxe Letter-Box Edition (Single Disc)
Directed By: Francois Truffaut
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Chaterine Devevue, Nelly Borgeaud, Martine Ferriere, Marcel Berbery, Yves Drouhet, Michel Bouguet
Special Features: ---Contains the original theatrical trailer---
Production / Year: 1969 Les Films Du Carrosse
Running Time: 109 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digital Sound, CX Encoded
Video Format: DLX LTBX, NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: French with English subtitles
Distributed By: MGM/UA Home Video
Catalog / Spine Number: ML102330

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Excellent- Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any
Jacket: Excellent - Normal shelf wear, few creases, slightly worn-out corners or edges but no obvious signs of spines splitting

Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as the owner of a cigarette factory on an African island, and a single man who advertises for a wife and, voilà, gets Catherine Deneuve. Problem is, however, she isn't quite what she seems in this 1969 drama by François Truffaut, taken from a Cornell Woolrich novel called Waltz into Darkness. Suspicions lead to deception and deception to murder, and along the way Belmondo's character, despite everything, continues to fall in love with his enigmatic prize, which is really the point of the film: the protagonist, almost as if he were willing himself into a noir myth, seems determined to fall under the spell of a romantic delusion. A fine effort by Truffaut that is the best of his mid-period pulpy, suspense films. I have never been a fan of Jean-Paul Belmondo's. However, in this film, his facial expressions were extremely impressive, and I began to see that perhaps I overlooked him in the past. Catherine Deneuve plays a chilling Julie Roussel/Marion Vergano. At the beginning of the film, Deneuve plays the demure Julie, but when the persona of Julie is dumped, and Deneuve assumes the identity of Marion, an ice queen emerges. Whereas Angelina played the Julie/Marion role with sizzling passion, Deneuve is icy, controlling and evil. However, this is the precise reason that it was difficult to understand why Mahe continued to adore Julie/Marion. The partnership from hell theory just doesn't hold for the on-screen relationship between Mahe and Marion--there wasn't enough sexual chemistry to explain it. And perhaps it can't be helped given the age of the film, but Denueve did manage two topless scenes--one which almost causes a car accident. Important note about the DVD version of this movie. There is not much joy from viewing the DVD release because of the film transfer. The problem is that the folks producing it apparently were trying to win the contest for the DVD having the world's squattest image. It is EXTREMELY letterboxed WITHIN a 16:9 widescreen format. Even your zoom function won't help you, because the producers moved the subtitles into the black-bar region (and the subtitles are about 2/3 the height of the image itself. The movie becomes simply un-involving when you see low-resolution images on a thin ribbon across the screen. Laserdisc is the only way to watch this movie as it was originally intended.

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