DVD Release: Numero Deux

DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Olive Films


Numero Deux movie sceneLegendary French New Waver Jean-Luc Godard (Histoire(s) du Cinema) presents a unique mix of film and video in his experimental 1975 drama Numero Deux.

Numero Deux’s elusive plot essentially concerns a young working-class couple (Sandrine Battistella and Pierre Oudrey) that lives in a claustrophobic, high-rise apartment complex and that must deal with a bout of marital discord that’s been prompted by an act of infidelity on the part of the wife.

The film is divided into two parts. In the first third, Godard discusses how it takes money to make a film and how he got the money to embark on Numero Deux.  In the remaining two thirds, Sandrine and Pierre each discuss their characters in the production and in the context of the larger arena of sex, money and politics.

Whew!

A much-talked-about film on the arthouse circuit when it played theaters in the U.S. in November, 1976. Numero Deux was co-written by Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville (in one of the first of her many collaborations with the filmmaker).

Presented in French with English subtitles, the DVD of the film contains no bonus features.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.