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Irma Vep - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard
Director: Olivier Assayas
Plot Synopsis:

The live-wire international breakthrough of Olivier Assayas stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action-movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade's classic silent crime serial Les vampires. What she finds is a behind-the-scenes tangle of barely controlled chaos as egos clash, romantic attractions simmer, and an obsessive director (a cannily cast Jean-Pierre Léaud) drives himself to the brink to realize his vision. Blending blasts of silent cinema, martial-arts flicks, and the music of Sonic Youth and Luna into a hallucinatory swirl of postmodern cool, Assayas composes a witty critique of the nineties French film industry and the eternal tension between art and commercial entertainment.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: April 27th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1996
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:99 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    NEW 2K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.66:1
    Audio Formats:English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
    French: DTS-HD MA 5.1
    Subtitles/Captions:English, English SDH
    Special Features:
    • New interview with Assayas
    • On the Set of "Irma Vep," a behind-the-scenes featurette
    • Interview from 2003 with Assayas and critic Charles Tesson
    • Interview from 2003 with actors Maggie Cheung and Nathalie Richard
    • Musidora, the Tenth Muse (2013), a documentary on the actor who originated the role of Irma Vep
    • Les vampires: Hypnotic Eyes (1916), the sixth episode in Louis Feuillade's silent-film serial
    • Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung, a 1997 short film by Assayas
    • Black-and-white rushes for the film
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Aliza Ma