The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Knife + Heart.
In the neon glow of 1979 Paris, Anne (Vanessa Paradis) makes her living producing low-budget gay pornography and struggles with the heartbreaking rejection of her longtime lover and current film editor Loïs (Kate Moran). She aims to inspire Loïs back into loving her with increasingly ambitious productions, even using the murders of her actors by a leather clad killer as inspiration, but as the killings continue and her troupe becomes increasingly cautious, Anne assumes the role of amateur sleuth investigating the secret of the mysterious figure that stalks her company. Deftly blending Parisian porn silliness and Italian slasher conventions with a pulsing score by electronic music group M83 and a perfect period production design, Knife + Heart is an affectionately queer tribute to cinema’s body genres and to love in its many forms.
- 4K digital master, approved by director Yann Gonzalez and director of photography Simon Beaufils, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Two audio commentaries, one featuring Gonzalez and actors Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, and Nicolas Maury, and the other featuring Gonzalez, Beaufils, co-writer Cristiano Mangione, and production designer Sidney Dubois
- New interview on the film’s soundtrack with Yann Gonzalez and his brother Anthony Gonzalez
- New interview with historical advisor Hervé Joseph Lebrun on the 1970s Parisian porn scene
- Mondo Homo: A Study of Gay French Porn in the ’70s, Lebrun’s 2009 feature-length documentary
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by Anthony Nocera
MMC! returns to its program of seasonably appropriate short films with Maarten Groen’s Arrêt Pipi (2015), a gialli-inspired commission by VPRO, a Dutch public broadcaster. Sarah (Bo Maerten) and Bram (Benjamin Moen) stop to use a gas station restroom in the woods of Wallonia and find themselves fighting for their lives. This slickly made short is inspired by the urban legend of Aka Manto, a ghost that haunts Japanese washrooms by offering visitors red or blue toilet paper with deadly effect. Arrêt Pipi had a dark, absurdist humour that invigorates its spot-on exercise in genre with a welcome sense of play and vitality.
SHAKING WITH DESIRE, TREMBLING WITH FEAR
Scream queen, Edwige Fenech (Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), stars in this violent masterpiece as Julie Wardh, a restless ambassador’s wife caught between her jealous ex-lover, her husband, and her current lover, any one of whom could be a mysterious serial killer viciously murdering women and possibly stalking Julie herself. Written by celebrated screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colors of the Dark), Sergio Martino’s first giallo film also stars genre regulars George Hilton (The Killer Must Strike Again), Alberto de Mendoza (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail), Conchita Airoldi (Torso), and Ivan Rassimov (Shock). This stylishly erotic and sleazily surreal thriller features a mesmerizing score by Nora Orlandi and stands as one of the most celebrated giallo films of all time.
- Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
- High definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
- Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Newly translated subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- Brand new interview with Sergio Martino
- Dark Fears Behind the Door, interviews with director Sergio Martino, producer Luciano Martino, writer Ernesto Gastaldi, and stars George Hilton and Edwige Fenech
- Sound Photography, James Gracey on the film’s score and composer Nora Orlandi
- Footage from the Venice Film Festival screening
- Theatrical trailer
- Poster and stills gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork
- Collector’s booklet featuring an essay by Michael Mackenzie