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Blanche (1971) | Blu-ray/DVD release - Walerian Borowczyk's decoractive medieval fable

Blanche (1971)

In medieval France, Blanche (Ligia Branice) the beautiful young wife of a senile old Baron (Michel Simon) becomes an obsession for a variety of noblemen during a visit by the King of France.

Blanche (1971)

THE LOWDOWN Polish-born animator Walerian Borowczyk (opens in new tab)'s third live-action feature is an erotic, stylish period piece which won great critical acclaim when it was first released. Based on Juliusz Slowacki’s 19th-century poem Mazepa but relocated to 13th-century France, Blanche (opens in new tab) is just gorgeous to look at. And just like a tapestry of the period, Borowczyk weaves a complex thread of jealousy and infidelity, both real and imagined into his highly decorative visual masterpiece, which features wonderful 13th-century musical arrangements drawn from the Camina Burana songbook. In tone, look and theme, it makes a ideal companion to Pasolini's Trilogy of Life films.

THE DUAL FORMAT UK RELEASE Blanche is presented in a brand new 2k high-definition restoration from original 35mm elements in a dual format (Blu-ray/DVD) from Arrow Films (opens in new tab) and includes the following elements. • Uncompressed mono 2.0 PCM audio and optional English subtitles • Introduction by Schalcken the Painter director Leslie Megahey (2014) • Ballad of Imprisonment: Making Blanche, a 2014 documentaryfeaturing producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte • Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk (2014), archival interview in which Borowczyk discusses painting, cinema and sex • Behind Enemy Lines: Making Gunpoint (2014), a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk