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Near the end of his long and celebrated career, master filmmaker Jean Renoir indulged his lifelong obsession with life-as-theater and directed The Golden Coach (1953), French Cancan (1955), and Elena and Her Men (1956), three delirious films infatuated with the past, love, and artifice. Awash in jubilant Technicolor, each film interweaves public display and private feelings through the talents of three immortal film icons—Anna Magnani, Jean Gabin, and Ingrid Bergman. The Criterion Collection is proud to present these three majestic films by Jean Renoir for the first time on DVD. The Golden Coach Set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Jean Renoir’s ravishing, sumptuous tribute to the theater involves a viceroy who receives an exquisite golden coach and gives it to the tempestuous star of a touring commedia dell’arte company (the vivacious Anna Magnani). French Cancan French Cancan, Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, is a Technicolor tour de force starring Jean Gabin as a wily impresario juggling the love of two beautiful women in nineteenth-century Paris. Elena and Her Men Jean Renoir’s delirious romantic comedy stars Ingrid Bergman in her most sensual role as a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love.

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Special Features New high-definition digital transfers, with restored image and sound Introductions to The Golden Coach and Elena and Her Men by Jean Renoir Video introduction to The Golden Coach by filmmaker Martin Scorsese Video introduction to French Cancan by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Jean Renoir—Hollywood and Beyond: Part two of the BBC documentary by David Thompson Three-part interview with Renoir: Jean renoir parle de son art, conducted by French New Wave director Jacques Rivette Galleries of production stills New and improved English subtitle translations Essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Andrew Sarris, and Renoir historian Christopher Faulkner Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer editions

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CC241 Stage and Spectacle [Elena and Her Man 1956, French Cancan 1955, Golden Coach 1953] DVD (Jean Renoir) $79.95 $67.99