Maitresse [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1976]

Barbet Schroeder's darkly witty meditation on sadomasochism comes to DVD in a typically well-crafted edition from The Criterion Collection. Maitresse has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The transfer (which was approved by Schroeder himself) is rich and colorful, and honors the subtle brilliance of Néstor Almendros' cinematography. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono; the dialogue is in French, with optional English subtitles. By Criterion's standards, this disc is a bit short on bonus materials, adding only an interview with Barbet Schroeder (albeit a witty and revealing one) and a liner essay from Elliot Stein, but this film isn't likely to ever look or sound better on home video than it does in this release.
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Special Features

  • New digital transfer, supervised by director Barbet Schroeder, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Exclusive video interview with Schroeder
  • New essay by film critic Elliott Stein
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Closed Captioned


For a change, the character portrayed by Gérard Depardieu in Maîtresse is relatively normal; it is the world around him which has gone slightly mad. Looking for a measure of affection and companionship, Olivier (Depardieu) crosses the path of the lovely Ariane (Bulle Ogier). She happens to be a professional dominatrix-and from the evidence we're presented, she's one of the most accomplished of her ilk. How this mismatched (to put it mildly) relationship can possibly work is the core of Maîtresse. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bulle Ogier
    Bulle Ogier - Ariane
  • André Rouyer
    André Rouyer - Mario
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    Tony Taffin - Emile
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    Holger Loewenadler - Gautier
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    Serge Berry - Valet

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