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DVD Pick: "The Dreamers"

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For me, the DVD's 52-minute "Bernardo Bertolucci Makes 'The Dreamers'" was much more engaging than most making-of documentaries. There’s something fascinating about Bertolucci and the way he fluidly switches from English to French to Italian in dealing with cast and crew. Watch for the sequence where Eva Green repeatedly starts walking when instrumental music begins, even though she has been directed to wait for the singer's voice—the exasperated director says the word for "voice" to the young actress in four languages. Also in the documentary, notice how jittery Louis Garrel gets when he sees the explosive power of the faux Molotov cocktail he's going to throw.

The DVD also contains a 14-minute featurette about how 1968 student protests escalated to disruptive strikes by ten million French workers, creating a national political crisis. Professor Robin Blackburn, editor of the "New Left Review," is called upon to explicate, and Bertolucci and Adair chime in with their reflections on the era.

In addition, there's a music video directed by Bertolucci where Michael Pitt and the Twins of Evil perform "Hey Joe," a song popularized by Jimi Hendrix. Below I've listed all the special features on "The Dreamers" DVD.

DVD Details:
  • Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1), Color
  • Feature Run Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
  • MPAA Rating: NC-17 for Explicit Sexual Content
  • English 5.1 Dolby Surround
  • Spanish Dolby Surround
  • French Dolby Surround
  • English Subtitles
  • Spanish Subtitles
  • Commentary by Bernardo Bertolucci, Gilbert Adair, Jeremy Thomas
  • Documentary: "Bertolucci Makes 'The Dreamers'" (52 min.)
  • Featurette: "Outside the Window: Events in France, May 1968" (14 min.)
  • Michael Pitt and the Twins of Evil "Hey Joe" Music Video
  • Trailers (2)

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