Irma Vep (Arrow UK) (Blu-Ray Region B)

$27.99

Ten years after he made his feature debut with Disorder in 1986, Olivier Assayas decided it was time to turn his attentions to the French film industry for his sixth picture. Written in ten days, and shot in less than a month, Irma Vep provides a mid-nineties amalgam of François Truffaut s Day for Night and Rainer Werner Fassbinder s Beware of a Holy Whore.

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Ten years after he made his feature debut with Disorder in 1986, Olivier Assayas decided it was time to turn his attentions to the French film industry for his sixth picture. Written in ten days, and shot in less than a month, Irma Vep provides a mid-nineties amalgam of François Truffaut s Day for Night and Rainer Werner Fassbinder s Beware of a Holy Whore.

French filmmaker René Vidal (Day for Night s Jean-Pierre Léaud) is commissioned by a TV company to direct a remake of Louis Feuillade s classic silent-era serial, Les Vampires. Maggie Cheung (playing a version of herself) is cast in the central role and heads to Paris for filming where she finds herself amid the chaos of artistic differences, petty rivalries and the immense egos which make up a film set.

Irma Vep is Assayas at his lightest and most playful simultaneously a gently satirical dig at the state of French cinema and a love letter to his female star.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

2K restoration from the original negative, supervised and approved by Olivier Assayas

High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation

Original 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio

Optional English subtitles

Audio commentary by writer-director Olivier Assayas and critic Jean-Michel Frodon

On the Set of Irma Vep, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes featurette with optional commentary by Assayas and Frodon

Interview with Assayas and critic Charles Tesson

Interview with actors Maggie Cheung and Nathalie Richard

Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung, a 1997 short film by Assayas

Black and white rushes

Theatrical Trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Neil Young

Additional information

Weight 6 oz