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France • 1962 • 84 minutes • Black and White • 1.66:1 • French
Pierre Etaix's first feature introduces the droll humor and oddball charm of its unique writer-director-star. As a tribute to Buster Keaton, Etaix fashioned this lovable story of a privileged yet sheltered young man (played by Etaix himself, in a nearly silent performance) who, under pressure from his parents, sets out to find a young woman to marry—though he has a hard time tearing his mind away from the famous singer whose face decorates the walls of his bedroom.
France • 1965 • 98 minutes • Black and White • 1.66:1 • French
This elaborately conceived and brilliantly mounted comedy is Pierre Etaix's most beloved movie, as well as his personal favorite. Beginning as a clever homage to silent film, complete with intertitles, Yoyo blossoms into a poignant family saga (in which Etaix plays both a father and his grown son) and a celebration of the circus Etaix adored. Chock-full of nimble sight gags and ingenious sound effects, Yoyo is very sweet, a little bit melancholy, and wholly imaginative.
AS LONG AS YOU'VE GOT YOUR HEALTH
France • 1966 • 68 minutes • Color, Black and White • 1.66:1 • French
In this endlessly diverting compendium of four short films, Pierre Etaix regards the 1960s from his askew but astute perspective. Each part is as technically impressive as it is riotous: a man attempts to read a novel about vampires beside his sleeping wife but cannot seem to separate reality from fiction; a simple afternoon at the movies becomes a consumer-culture assault; a jarringly noisy urban landscape keeps a city's population on edge; and a day in the country means something different to a picnicking city couple, a hunter, and a farmer.
LE GRAND AMOUR
France • 1969 • 87 minutes • Color • 1.66:1 • French
Despite having a loving and patient wife at home, a good-natured suit-and-tie man, played by writer-director Pierre Etaix, finds himself hopelessly attracted to his gorgeous new secretary in this gently satirical tale of temptation. From this simple, standard premise, Etaix weaves a constantly surprising web of complexly conceived jokes. Le grand amour is a cutting, nearly Buñuelian takedown of the bourgeoisie that somehow doesn't have a mean bone in its body.
LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
France • 1971 • 76 minutes • Color • 1.66:1 • French
Pierre Etaix's most radical film, and perhaps unsurprisingly the one that effectively ended his career in cinema, Land of Milk and Honey is a fascinating investigative documentary about post–May '68 French society. In it, Etaix trains his discerning eye on idle summer vacationers, but the film has bigger fish to fry, asking pertinent questions about the sexualization of culture, class and gender inequality, media and advertising, and even architecture.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION
- New digital restorations of all five features and three short films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition
- New interview with director Pierre Etaix
- New video introductions by Etaix to seven of the films
- Pierre Etaix, un destin animé (2010), a portrait of the life and work of the director by his wife, Odile Etaix
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Cairns