Based on the phenomenally popular French pulp novellas, Louis Feuillade's outrageous, ambitious FANTÃ”MAS series became the gold standard of espionage serials in pre-WWI Europe, and laid the foundation for such immortal works as Feuillade's own Les Vampires and Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse films.
This 2016 Kino Classics edition is derived from Gaumont s 4K restoration, presented in association with Eclair Laboratories and the CNC, as a centennial celebration of Feuillade's timeless thriller.
Special Features: Louis Feuillade: Master of Many Forms (a ten-minute documentary), Two rare Feuillade films: The Nativity (1910) and The Dwarf (1912), Two audio commentaries by film historian David Kala
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A young woman (Meiko Kaji), trained from childhood as an assassin and hell-bent on revenge for her father s murder and her mother s rape, hacks and slashes her way to gory satisfaction. Rampant with inventive violence and spectacularly choreographed swordplay, Toshiya Fujita s pair of influential cult classicsÂ Lady SnowbloodÂ andÂ Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance,Â set in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japan, respectively, are bloody, beautiful extravaganzas composed of one elegant widescreen composition after another. The firstÂ Lady SnowbloodÂ was a major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino sÂ Kill BillÂ saga, and both of Fujita s films remain cornerstones of Asian action cinema.BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURESÂ - New 2K digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks- New interviews with Kazuo Koike, the writer of the manga on which the films are based, and screenwriter Norio Osada- Trailers- New English subtitle translations- PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton
In a railway coach SnÃ poraz (Marcello Mastroianni) wakes from a nap and seduces a beautiful stranger. Then he follows her through a forest to a weird hotel where a feminist convention is being held. He is so unnerved by the vociferous hostility of the militants that he hides in the mansion of a female killer who has wooed and won a thousand hearts. SnÃ poraz will be forced to run the gauntlet before waking up and realizing that his adventure was only a crazy nightmare. Fellini s surrealistic and over the top fantasy earned him four Silver Ribbons by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.