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America As Seen By A Frenchman

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Genres: Documentary
Starring: Jean Cocteau
Director: François Reichenbach
Plot Synopsis:

At the end of the 1950s, celebrated French documentarian François Reichenbach (F for Fake, Portrait: Orson Welles), whose lens captured the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Johnny Hallyday, spent eighteen months traveling the United States, documenting its diverse regions, their inhabitants and their pastimes. The result, America As Seen by a Frenchman, is a wide-eyed perhaps even naïve journey through a multitude of different Americas, filtered through a French sensibility and serving as a fascinating exploration of a culture that is both immediately familiar and thoroughly alien.

Prison rodeos; Miss America pageants; visits to Disneyland and a school for striptease; a town inhabited solely by twins; rows of newborns in incubators, like products on an assembly line all these weird and wondrous sights, and more, are captured, sans jugement, by Reichenbach s camera, aided by whimsical narration (provided by, among others, Jean Cocteau) and a jaunty musical score by the late, great Michel Legrand (Une femme est une femme).

Titled L Amérique insolite literally unusual America in its native tongue, America As Seen by a Frenchman lovingly renders the various eccentricities of Americana circa the mid-twentieth century, and proves the old adage that reality really is stranger than fiction.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: June 2nd, 2020
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1960
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow Video
  • Technical Specs
    Length:90 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.35:1
    Audio Formats:French: PCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:
    • New video appreciation of the film by author and critic Philip Kemp
    • Image gallery
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick
    • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Caspar Salmon