Toni (UK-import) (DVD)

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Financed by Marcel Pagnol's production company, Jean Renoir's Toni is a landmark in French filmmaking. Based on a police dossier concerning a provincial crime of passion, it was lensed by Claude Renoir on location (unusually for the time) in the small town of Les Martigues where the actual events occurred.

The use of directly-recorded sound, authentic patois, lack of make-up, a large ensemble cast of local citizens in supporting roles, and Renoir's steadfast desire to avoid melodrama lead to Toni often being labeled "the first 'neorealist' film".

Toni's story centres on an Italian immigrant, Antonio Canova (Charles Blavette), a labourer at a local quarry who has become entangled in relationships with his landlady (Jenny Helia) and with the young, hot-blooded Spaniard, Josefa (Celia Montalvan). As Josefa's life disintegrates through rape and a necessitous marriage to a brutish foreman Albert (Max Dalban), Toni loses himself in a series of marriages gone sour and the psychological fragility of those he cares for.

Bonusmateriale

  • Full-length audio commentary by Kent Jones and Phillip Lopate
  • Video introduction by NFT programmer Geoff Andrew
  • 24 page booklet with copious reprints

Produktfakta

Produksjonsår 1934 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 - Import Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 1 Spilletid 1 timer 49 minutter
Aldersgrense Ingen Undertekster Engelsk
Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Fransk) Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt
Regissør Jean Renoir Skuespillere Charles Blavette, Max Dalban, Paul Bozzi
Bestillingsnummer EKA40097 Leverandør Gardners

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