Saturday, July 9, 2011

New Criterion releases at a Fayes Video near you!

Did you know that Faye's has an awesome, nearly complete selection of Criterion films? Ask a friendly employee for recommendations today!

The Criterion Collection is a video-distribution company selling "important classic and contemporary films" to cinema aficionados founded in 1984. Criterion Collection releases were the first to provide several features that have become standard including audio commentaries. They are also known for taking great lengths to restore and clean all movies released on their label.

New to Fayes:

Blow Out, 1981
Dir: Brian de Palma

De Palma's homage to Antonioni's classic art movie Blow-Up (1966) blends suspense and political paranoia when a Philadelphia sound man inadvertently records a murder.

Cul-de-sac, 1966
Dir: Roman Polanski

Aging, furtively kinky Donald Pleasence is married to sexy young Francoise Dorleac. The couple's hermitlike tranquility is shattered when wounded gangsters Jack MacGowan and Lionel Stander invade their home and hold them hostage.

Kiss Me Deadly, 1955
Dir: Robert Aldrich

While driving down a lonely road, private eye Mike Hammer picks up a beautiful hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman!), dressed in nothing but a raincoat. At first, he assumes that the incoherent girl is an escaped lunatic; his mind is changed for him when he and the girl are abducted by two thugs.  

Life During Wartime, 2010
Dir: Todd Solondz.

Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. An almost-sequel to Solondz' 1998 film Happiness starring an all new cast of actors.

Red Desert, 1964
Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Antonioni's creative muse Monica Vitti plays Giuliana, an unhappy wife, who suffers from an unnamed form of depression and malaise. Her quicksilver emotional shifts disturb everyone around her, but they, like she, pretend that nothing is truly wrong. Also starring Richard Harris as British engineer Corrado Zeller.

Zazie dan de Metro, 1960
Dir: Louis Malle 

Twelve-year old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. However,  Zazie escapes her uncle's custody and sets out to explore Paris on her own.

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