Two Films by Marguerite Duras Blu-ray
Criterion | 1975-1977 | 2 Movies | 214 min | Not rated | Feb 28, 2023
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1, 1.66:1
Two-disc set (2 BD)
Two Films by Marguerite Duras (1975-1977)
India Song (1975)
Marguerite Duras's most celebrated work is a mesmerizing, almost incantatory experience with few stylistic precedents in the history of cinema. Within the insular walls of a lavish, decaying embassy in 1930s India, the French ambassador's wife (Delphine Seyrig) staves off ennui through affairs with multiple men—with the overpowering torpor broken only by a startling eruption of madness. Setting her evocatively decadent visuals to a desynchronized chorus of disembodied voices that comment on and counterpoint the action, with India Song Duras creates a haunted-house movie unlike any other.
Baxter, Vera Baxter (1977)
Marguerite Duras reunited with India Song collaborators Delphine Seyrig and composer Carlos d'Alessio for Baxter, Vera Baxter, a hypnotically unsettling journey into one woman's existential emptiness. Ensconced in a sprawling rental villa, the world-weary Vera Baxter (Claudine Gabay) receives visits from two women, including a mysterious stranger (Seyrig) to whom she recounts a shocking story about her marriage, the way she lives, and the reasons for her malaise. Setting her languid images to d'Alessio's incongruously breezy, endlessly looping score, Duras fashions a quietly shattering portrait of marriage as a kind of prison.
Director: Marguerite Duras
Writer: Marguerite Duras
Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière
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