La poison
La poison

La poison


The writer, actor, and director Sacha Guitry emerged from the theater to become one of France's best-known and most inventive filmmakers, and La poison marked his first collaboration with another titan of the screen, the incomparably expressive Michel Simon. With Guitry's witty dialogue and fleet pacing, the black comedy is the quintessential depiction of a marriage gone sour: after thirty years together, a village gardener (Simon) and his wife (Germaine Reuver) find themselves contemplating how to do away with each other, with the former even planning how he'll negotiate his eventual criminal trial. Inspired by Guitry's own post - World War II tangle with the law-a wrongful charge of collaborationism-La poison is a blithely caustic broadside against the French legal system and a society all too eager to capitalize on others' misfortunes. TWO-DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: New high-definition digital restoration; New interview with filmmaker Olivier Assayas on director Sacha Guitry's influence on French cinema; On Life On-screen: Miseries and Splendour of a Monarch, a 60-minute documentary from 2010 on the collaboration of Guitry and Michel Simon; New English subtitle translation; More!; PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 1957 obituary for Guitry by Francois Truffaut
Additional Information

Additional Information

Format DVD
Release Date Aug 22, 2017
Genre Comedy, Crime
Actors Germaine Reuver, Michel Simon
Director Sacha Guitry
Screen Format Fullscreen
Sound Monaural
Language French
Sub Titles English
Video Aspect 1.37:1
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