Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Criterion's Eclipse Collection Begins

Criterion's new Eclipse series is focusing on lost and forgotten works and the series now begins with a collection of early works by Ingmar Bergman. A collection of documentaries by Louis Malle(including Phantom India) and the later films of Yasujiro Ozu is to follow and Criterion are also asking for suggestions regarding future releases. The suggested retail price in the US is $69.95.

The Bergman collection is a five disc set which includes: Torment, Crisis, Port of Call, Thirst, and To Joy.

Torment(1944): In Ingmar Bergman’s first produced screenplay, the dark coming-of-age drama Torment, Widgren, a boarding-school senior, is terrorized by his sadistic Latin teacher. When he falls for Bertha, a troubled local girl, he finds himself caught up even further in a web of emotional mind games.

Urban beauty-shop proprietress Miss Jenny arrives in an idyllic rural town one morning to whisk away her eighteen-year-old daughter, Nelly, whom she abandoned as a child, from the loving woman who had raised her. Once in Stockholm, Nelly receives a crash course in adult corruption and wrenching heartbreak.

Port of Call(1948): Berit, a suicidal young woman living in a working-class port town, unexpectedly falls for Gösta, a sailor on leave. Haunted by a troubled past and held in a vice grip by her domineering mother, Berit begins to hope that her relationship with Gösta might save her from her own self-destruction.

Thirst(1949): A couple traveling across a war-ravaged Europe. A disintegrating marriage. A ballet dancer’s scarred past. Her friend’s psychological agony. Elliptically told in flashbacks, Thirst shows people enslaved to memory and united in isolation.

To Joy(1949): An orchestra violinist’s dreams of becoming a celebrated soloist and fears of his own mediocrity get in the way of his marriage to the patient, caring Marta. Played out to the music of Beethoven, To Joy is a heartbreaking tale of one man’s inability to overcome the demons standing in the way of his happiness

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