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La poison

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Two-DVD special edition.


In French, with English subtitles.


Michel Simon, Jean Debucourt, Pauline Carton, Jacques Varennes, Jacques de Féraudy, Jean Duvaleix, Jeanne Fusier-Gir, Germaine Reuver.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2017]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (85 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (20 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)


Not rated.


After thirty years together, a village gardener and his wife find themselves contemplating how to do away with each other, with the former even planning how he'll negotiate his eventual criminal trial.


Title from container.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1951.

Special features: New high-definition digital restoration ; new interview with filmmaker Olivier Assayas on writer-director Sacha Guitry's influence on French cinema ; sixty-minute episode of Cineastes de notre temps from 1965 featuring interviews with some of Guitry's collaborators ; 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.

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