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Cohen in Glorious Black and White Collection [4 Discs] [DVD]

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La Beauté du Diable
La Beaute du Diable came into being when French filmmaker Rene Clair became fascinated with a structural defect in the "Faust" legend. Clair felt that the beginning and end of the story was perfect, but the middle section, wherein the title character blasphemes the Pope, was "silly." The director also wondered what would happen if, instead of forcing Faust to sign his soul away in exchange for happiness and knowledge, the Devil were to ask for nothing, and simply assume that Faust would sign the contract at a later date. As played by Michel Simon, Clair's devil -- or Mephisto --is actually quite a likeable fellow. In fact, he's more fun to be around than the somewhat ethereal Faust of Gerard Philipe. In establishing the "reality" of his fantasy, Clair utilizes several adroit camera tricks to get the audience to swallow the tale. Nicole Besnard co-stars as Marguerite, the vessel of Faust's ultimate redemption. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Blancanieves
The enchanting daughter of a famed matador flees her wicked stepmother to join a band of bullfighting dwarfs in this Spanish take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White. Seville: the 1920s. Carmen (Sofia Oria) is a young girl whose mother died in childbirth, and whose torero father Antonio Villalta (Daniel Giménez Cacho) suffered a debilitating injury in the ring. Subsequently tormented by her flamenco-dancing stepmother Encarna (Maribel Verdú), Carmen secretly learns the art of bullfighting from her father until the day she is forced to flee for her life. Now a teenage girl facing an uncertain future, Carmen (Macarena García) falls in with a traveling troupe of dwarfs, adopts the name Blancanieves, and thrills audiences with her formidable skills as a matador. Upon learning what has become of her despised stepdaughter, the diabolical Encarna prepares to administer a punishment that will break the defiant girl's will for good. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Deux Hommes Dans Manhattan
The primary protagonists in this routine drama are two French journalists, Delmas (Pierre Grasset) and Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville, the director), and also the city of New York at night. The two journalists are on the trail of a story -- a French diplomat has disappeared from the U.N. for no apparent reason. As they wander through the city tracking down the reason for the disappearance, the journalists eventually discover that the diplomat has met with foul play. Now the two men have a serious disagreement. Delmas wants to take photos of what happened and use them to create sensational headlines and plenty of attention, but Moreau wants them both to cover up what they have found and bury what they know. Given the setting for this tale, both English and French are spoken throughout the film. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

The Artist and the Model
A sculptor living in German-occupied France forges an unlikely friendship with a young refugee who is fleeing Franco's army in this tender drama from writer/director Fernando Trueba (The Miracle of Candeal, Chico & Rita). The year is 1943. Eighty-year-old artist Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort) has survived two wars, and bore witness to far more horrors than he wishes to recall. Marc has long given up sculpting, but when his wife (Claudia Cardinale) happens across a desperate fugitive named Merce (Aida Folch), the pair agree to shelter her in his studio. Meanwhile, long after Marc thought possible, inspiration strikes. Now as Merce poses for Marc's final sculpture, a powerful bond forms between them. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Michel Simon
    Michel Simon - Faust as an old man; Mephistopheses
  • Gérard Philipe
    Gérard Philipe - Young Henri Faust
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    Nicole Besnard - Marguerite
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    Gaston Modot - Gypsy
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    Raymond Cordy - Antoine
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