Les Enfants Terribles [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [French] [1950]
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Overview

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by writer, film critic, and journalist Gilbert Adair
  • Interviews with producer Carole Weisweiller, actors Nicole Stéphane and Jacques Bernard, and assistant director Claude Pinoteau
  • Around Jean Cocteau (2003), a short video by filmmaker Noël Simsolo discussing Cocteau and Melville's creative relationship
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes stills
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A bookplet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Indiana, a tribute by Stéphane, an excerpt from Rui Nogueira's Melville on Melville, and drawings by Cocteau

Synopsis

Les Enfants Terribles
Adapted by Jean Cocteau from his own novel and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, Les Enfants Terribles is set in motion when a sensitive youth, Paul (Edouard Dermit), is injured by a snowball flung by school bully Dargelos (Renée Cosima, an actress in male drag). The bully later reappears in the form of a young girl, Agathe (played again by Cosima), with whom Paul becomes infatuated. This arouses the displeasure of Paul's sister, Elisabeth (Nicole Stephane), who also harbors a carnal desire for her brother. Elisabeth arranges to destroy Paul's romance, forcing Agathe to marry another. The sister gets her comeuppance in a perversely indirect fashion at the hands of the male bully Dargelos. This film was completed in 1952, but not released in the U.S. until 1975. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Nicole Stephane - Elisabeth
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    Edouard Dermit - Paul
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    Renée Cosima - Dargelos/Agathe
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    Jacques Bernard - Gerard
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    Roger Gaillard - Gerard's Uncle
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