Blu-ray, DVD Release: L’Argent

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 11, 2017
Price: DVD $18.03, Blu-ray $24.07
Studio: Criterion

French master Robert Bresson (Pickpocket) pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency in the 1983 crime drama L’Argent, his final film.

Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, L’argent follows a counterfeit bill as it originates as a prop in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver and leading him to incarceration and violence.

With brutal economy, Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence.

Criterion’s new Blu-ray and DVD edition of the foreign film contain the following:

* New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Press conference from the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
“L’argent,” A to Z, a new video essay by film scholar James Quandt
* Trailer
* New English subtitle translation
* An essay by critic Adrian Martin and a newly expanded 1983  interview with director Robert Bresson by critic Michel Ciment

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