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La Coquille et le
clergyman

(1928)

 
Kino on Video
2005 DVD edition

Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and ’30s (1921-1947), black & white, 360 minutes total, not rated,
including La Coquille et le clergyman (1928), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Kino International, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, two single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, English language subtitles (selected films), chapter stops, two-disc DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 2 August 2005.
Country of origin: USA
This avant-garde collection contains one of the best presentations of La Coquille et le clergyman (1928) available on home video.

This is our recommended home video edition.

 
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Risqué Cinema
2005 DVD edition

Anthology of Surreal Cinema, Volume 1 (1924-1928), black & white, 65 minutes total, not rated
including La Coquille et le clergyman (1928), black & white, 28 minutes, not rated.

Risqué Cinema, RC003, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.95.
Release date: 26 April 2005.
Country of origin: USA

This subpar collection offers a video transfer of La Coquille et le clergyman (1928) that has been prepared from a fair-to-good 16mm reduction print, which is soft of image detail, contrasty, with plugged-up shadows and blasted-out highlights, moderately speckled and dusty, and marked with a few vertical scratches.

The film is presented with, what appears to be, a custom music score performed on a synthesizer.

We recommend by-passing this release in favor of the Kino disc noted above.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 0 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
Other FRENCH FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other AVANT-GARDE FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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