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Merlin; Grenouilles; Kiki Merlin; Grenouilles; Kiki

Merlin; Grenouilles; Kiki Merlin; Grenouilles; Kiki
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With higher production budgets, Arrietta branches out into more fantastic storytelling. Merlin, his one feature shot on 35mm, is an adaptation of Cocteau's play. Knights of the Round Table. I don’t know if it comes from Cocteau or the original Knights of the Round Table or a combination of the two, but in Arrietta's version the story (not the play) kisses the legend on the lips and renders it barely recognizable. Suffice it to say that the almost childlike theatrical magic of Cocteau, his playful mixing up of identities and beliefs find in Arrietta neither a faithful interpreter nor a dutiful copier, but rather an apprentice inventor, a scoundrel as serious as an anti-Pope, the perfect Ginifer - the demon to whom Merlin has 'the power to give whatever form and put to whatever use he pleases.' - Pierre Leon, Cinema n°14 The very nature of Arrietta's cinema is a strange game of reality. The rules are mysterious but what counts is neither resemblance to reality nor dissociation from it, but the gap between the two, making Arrietta's world a flawed copy of our own - often moving, often grotesque, but always alive - in other worlds, essential. - Frederic Majour, Vertigo #39 Shooting Merlin was a total nightmare ... in the Pyrenees, in a Knights Templar monastery. I would never do anything like that again; the Knights Templar should be left in peace. There were ghosts in our hotel. One night I found Xavier Grandes trembling: his bed was moving like in The Exorcist, and he was shouting obscenities. He seemed to be possessed. The next day he remembered nothing. - Adolfo Arrietta This DVD contains: GRENOUILLES, 1984, 35 min KIKI, 1989, 22 min MERLIN, 1990, 58 All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work are reserved. Unless authorized by the rights holder, no duplication, hiring, lending or public screenings are allowed. For institutional purchase please contact Re:Voir directly. With higher production budgets, Arrietta branches out into more fantastic storytelling. Merlin, his one feature shot on 35mm, is an adaptation of Cocteau's play. Knights of the Round Table. I don’t know if it comes from Cocteau or the original Knights of the Round Table or a combination of the two, but in Arrietta's version the story (not the play) kisses the legend on the lips and renders it barely recognizable. Suffice it to say that the almost childlike theatrical magic of Cocteau, his playful mixing up of identities and beliefs find in Arrietta neither a faithful interpreter nor a dutiful copier, but rather an apprentice inventor, a scoundrel as serious as an anti-Pope, the perfect Ginifer - the demon to whom Merlin has 'the power to give whatever form and put to whatever use he pleases.' - Pierre Leon, Cinema n°14 The very nature of Arrietta's cinema is a strange game of reality. The rules are mysterious but what counts is neither resemblance to reality nor dissociation from it, but the gap between the two, making Arrietta's world a flawed copy of our own - often moving, often grotesque, but always alive - in other worlds, essential. - Frederic Majour, Vertigo #39 Shooting Merlin was a total nightmare ... in the Pyrenees, in a Knights Templar monastery. I would never do anything like that again; the Knights Templar should be left in peace. There were ghosts in our hotel. One night I found Xavier Grandes trembling: his bed was moving like in The Exorcist, and he was shouting obscenities. He seemed to be possessed. The next day he remembered nothing. - Adolfo Arrietta This DVD contains: GRENOUILLES, 1984, 35 min KIKI, 1989, 22 min MERLIN, 1990, 58 All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work are reserved. Unless authorized by the rights holder, no duplication, hiring, lending or public screenings are allowed. For institutional purchase please contact Re:Voir directly.

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18 page bilingual English-French booklet with texts by Scott Hammen and Frederic Majour.

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SKU 3493551101031
Year 1984-90 (DVD 2013)
Director Arrietta, Adolpho
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Re-voir
Countries Spain
Colour Colour
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Language(s) French, Spanish
Running time 115 min
DVD region 0, PAL
Certificate N/a

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