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Cinema of Discovery: Julien Duvivier in the 1920s

Cinema of Discovery: Julien Duvivier in the 1920s

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One of the most prolific and technically proficient filmmakers in cinema history, Julien Duvivier, was idolized by the likes of directors Jean Renoir, Ingmar Bergman, and Orson Welles. Duvivier’s expressive use of the camera was primarily created under the influence of poetic realist style – in fact he did much to establish the technical and aesthetic standards of French poetic realism, which won him international acclaim. For a time, he was among cinema’s most celebrated directors, receiving nominations and top prizes at notable international film competitions, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the National Board of Review, and New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Assembled in this Blu-ray disc collection are nine of Julien Duvivier’s deeply moving and imaginative early feature films from the late 1920s that showcase his innovative and prominent contribution to film history. Carrot Top (Poil de Carotte, 1925) and Revelation aka The Agony of Jerusalem (L’Agonie de Jérusalem, 1927) depict characters grappling with challengingly painful life choices that many viewers will relate to. The Marriage of Mademoiselle Beulemans (Le mariage de mademoiselle Beulemans, 1927) and Mother Hummingbird (Mama Colibri, 1930) are both engrossing dramas of forbidden love, while The Maelstrom of Paris (Le Tourbillon de Paris, 1928) and The Miraculous Life of Teresa of Lisieux (La Vie miraculeuse de Thérèse Martin, 1929) portray characters pursuing their dreams and aspirations at any cost. The Mystery of the Eiffel Tower (Le Mystère de la tour Eiffel, 1928), The Divine Voyage (La Divine Croisière, 1928), and Ladies’ Paradise (Au bonheur des dames, 1930) are comprised of familial conflicts surrounding money, betrayal, and love. This collection covers a wide array of thematic journeys, expertly treated by a momentous filmmaker.

Flicker Alley, Lobster Films, and Blackhawk Films® are thrilled to present this five disc Blu-ray collection of restored works by Julien Duvivier. These extraordinary new restorations, which incorporate almost all original elements from surviving materials, have been completed by Lobster Films, with the support and collaboration of the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de L’image animée), the Národní filmový archiv (Prague), the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Cinematek (Cinémathèque royale de Belgique, Belgium), la Cinémathèque Française, le Cinémathèque de Toulouse, Cineteca di Bologna (Italy), département de la Charente, Eye Filmmuseum (Netherlands), and the Gosfilmafond film archive (Russia). It is a unique collaboration between archives and collections from around the world, appropriate for such an illustrious and innovative filmmaker.


  • Video Appreciations on all nine films with producer and film critic, Hubert Niogret and film historian and author, Patrick Brion
  • Video Introductions – on eight films by historian Serge Bromberg
  • Restoration Demonstrations – on five films by film technicians Chrystel Bonne and Colin Ruffin
  • Video Appreciation of Ladies’ Paradise (Au bonheur des dames) – by celebrated director Patrice Leconte
  • Scoring Featurette on The Divine Voyage by classical ensemble L'Octuor de France and composer Antonio Coppola
  • A 48-Page Booklet – featuring introductory remarks by Christian Duvivier, son of Julien Duvivier, essay notes by film historian Serge Bromberg, along with full credits on each film, and many rare photographs
  • Image Galleries – featuring rare production stills and promotional images for Poil de Carotte, L'Agonie de Jérusalem, Le Mariage de Mademoiselle Beulemans, Le Tourbillon de Paris and La Vie miraculeuse de Thérèse Martin
  • New and improved English subtitle translations 
Release Date: January 4, 2022
Format: Blu-ray
Director: Julien Duvivier
Year: 1925-1930
Language: French
Length: 857 mins.
UPC: 6-17311-68779-2
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