A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents A Place in the Sun.

criterion logoBased on Theodore Dreiser’s landmark novel An American Tragedy, George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun is a swooningly noir-stained melodrama featuring Montgomery Clift as a handsome young man eager to win a place in respectable society. His ambitious dream seems to fall into place when he accepts a job offer from a wealthy relation and falls deeply in love with a beautiful socialite (Elizabeth Taylor), however a secret relationship with a factory girl (Shelley Winters) and her pregnancy threatens his future and inspires his murderous impulses. Called “the greatest movie ever made about America” by Charlie Chaplin, Steven’s film skillfully alternates between affluent, sun-washed romance and shadowy, fateful film noir, crafting an idealized vision of movie love against a sour portrait of the American dream and what lies beneath it.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • New 4K digital master with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary with George Stevens Jr. and associate producer Ivan Moffat
  • New interview with film critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • George Stevens and His Place in the Sun, a 20-minute documentary on the making of the film
  • George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him, archival interviews with Warren Beatty, Frank Capra, Joe Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, Antonio Vellani, Robert Wise, Alan J. Pakula, and Fred Zinnemann
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Optional English subtitles
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Laurent Jullier

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Freud (John Huston, 1962)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Freud.

criterion logoJohn Huston directs Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks, and Susan Kohner in this biographical study of psychologist Sigmund Freud (Clift) as he develops his ground-breaking theories on the subconscious and its impact on daily life.  At a point in his life where disillusionment abounds and Freud finds himself at odds with his fellow colleagues, a visit to a Parisian clinic where hypnosis is used to treat hysterical patients inspires him to experiment with bold new techniques.  Freud concentrates his efforts on Cecily Koerttner (York), a young woman suffering a nervous and physical breakdown in the wake of her father’s death, and through whom Freud comes to appreciate the significances of sexual repression, paternal obsession, free association and hypnosis.  Gradually, the dark and frightening depths of the human mind are revealed to Freud, forcing him to examine his own disturbing dreams and question his own assumptions about himself.  Huston draws an earnestly conflicted performance from Clift in this shadowy, Gothic dramatization of the psychoanalyst’s work from 1885 to 1890.

Disc Features:

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Norman N. Holland
  • Huston, Sartre and the Freud Scenario, a visual essay on Huston’s failed collaboration with Jean-Paul Sartre to develop an original screenplay for Freud, made in collaboration with the National University of Ireland, Galway Archive’s Huston Family Collection
  • Huston’s 1946 documentary on the treatment of American soldiers suffering from shell-shock, Let There Be Light
  • PLUS:  A booklet featuring an essay by director David Cronenberg

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