Canadian International Pictures

The Other French New Wave Vol. 1

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From arthouse to Canuxploitation, Canadian International Pictures (CIP) is devoted to resurrecting vital, distinctive, and overlooked triumphs of Canadian cinema. This label is focused on the country’s original cinematic boom years – spanning the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s – occasionally venturing past that period (and the country’s borders) to highlight the films of Canada’s most inspired actors and filmmakers. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing CIP's brand new line of home video releases!

Three trailblazing classics from the dawn of Quebec’s cinematic revolution.

THE CAT IN THE BAG - On the cusp of adulthood, Claude loses faith in society and commits to a state of revolt, which strains his relationship with Barbara and leads him on a path to isolation. Featuring an original score by jazz legend John Coltrane, Gilles Groulx’s experiment in “spontaneous cinema” is a timeless exploration of youthful disillusionment that brought new audacity to Quebec cinema.

THE MERRY WORLD OF LEOPOLD Z - On Christmas Eve, snowplow driver Leo (Once Upon a Hunt’s Guy L'Ecuyer) races to clear the streets of Montreal and complete his holiday shopping in time for midnight mass. The feature directorial debut of celebrated filmmaker Gilles Carle, The Merry World of Leopold Z is an offbeat holiday treat that builds to a disarmingly resonant conclusion.

YUL 871 - During a weekend visit to Montreal, a Parisian engineer (The Bride Wore Black’s Charles Denner) has a romantic fling, befriends a young girl, and rethinks his war-fractured past while navigating an unfamiliar new world. An early breakthrough for prolific auteur Jacques Godbout (The Mob), YUL 871 is an artfully directed, deceptively breezy convergence of cultures.

directed by: Gilles Groulx, Gilles Carle, Jacques Godbout
starring: Barbara Ulrich, Claude Godbout, Guy L'Ecuyer, Paul Hébert, Charles Denner
1964,1965,1966 / 214 min (combined) / 1.33:1 & 1.85:1 / French Mono with English subtitles

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Scanned and restored in 2K from the 35mm interpositives
  • The Rink (1962, 10 min.)
  • The Big Swim (1964, 9 min.)
  • Percé on the Rocks (1964, 10 min.)
  • Alternate English audio tracks for Leopold Z and YUL 871
  • Alternate English opening and closing credits for Leopold Z
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Bonus shorts: Very Nice, Very Nice (1961, 7 min.), Christmas Cracker (1963, 9 min.), and 23 Skidoo (1964, 8 min.)
  • Booklet with essay by historian Eric Fillion
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles for all nine films