16 July 2009

Hello, Dušan Makavejev!

Criterion announced their October titles, and naturally their Eclipse titles, Dušan Makavejev: Free Radical, are more exciting than their main-line releases. The Eclipse set, which streets on 13 October, includes three of the director's films from the late-1960s: Man Is Not a Bird [Covek nije tica], Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator [Ljubavni slucaj ili tragedija sluzbenice P.T.T.] and Innocence Unprotected [Nevinost bez zastite]. As for the other films: Wim Wenders' Wings of Deisre [Der Himmel über Berlin] on DVD and Blu-ray on the 20th, Costa-Gavras' Z on DVD on the 27th, James Ivory's Howards End on Blu-ray on the 20th and Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding on DVD and Blu-ray on the 13th.

For those disappointed with Criterion's decision to release Monsoon Wedding, a film that isn't especially remarkable and which already has an acceptable DVD out from Focus, they pulled out all the stops for the release, including most of Nair's shorts and documentaries, which I'm told are much, much better than her narrative features. The shorts include The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat, Migration, India (from 11'09''01 - September 11) and How Can It Be? (from 8); the docs include So Far from India, India Cabaret and The Laughing Club of India. If that alone doesn't thrill you, the Blu-ray should look amazing.


filmbo said...

This is great. I can finally delete all those Makavejev torrents I've stored but never had the courage to suffer through (... the poor VHS quality). Though from what I understand, Love Affair is his masterpiece.

Also, judging from the kitchen sink of extras, I think we can safely say this will be the only Nair film to see a Criterion release.

Ed Howard said...

I'm really excited to see more Makavejev, I love Sweet Movie.

Isn't that Freud/Marx image at the top of this post from Le gai savoir, though?

Joe said...

I know the image is in Le gai savoir, but I wasn't sure if Godard borrowed the image or not, as wherever I found the picture credited it with Man Is Not a Bird... but as I was skeptical in the first place, I've changed it. Thanks, Ed! I guess we'll find out once the DVDs come out.

Ed Howard said...

Ahhh it'll be interesting to see if Godard did swipe the image. I'd be surprised though, since so many of the other images in that film are similar (writing on magazine photos and stuff).