Blu-ray Release: Whirlpool of Fate

Blu-ray Release Date: July 20, 2021
Price: Blu-ray $19.89
Studio: Kino Lorber

The 1925 silent drama-romance Whirlpool of Fate is Jean Renoir’s (The Rules of the Game) debut feature, a lyrical tale of the tragic life of an orphan girl.

An independent feature shot on family friend Paul Cézanne’s property, La Nicotiere, it is a dreamy episodic melodrama that follows the poor girl as she endures the loss of her father, the abuse of her alcoholic uncle, and a perilous fall down a well that erases her memory and triggers surreal dreams.

Presented in a beautiful new 4K restoration, Whirlpool of Fate gives an early glimpse of Renoir’s immense talent.

Blu-ray Extras Include:
-Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton
-Music composed and performed by Antonio Coppola

Check out this wild dream scene:

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About Laurence

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.