Reviews and Articles
  • Log in to Add Reviews, Videos, Etc
  • Places to Buy

    Searching for products...

    Item Images
    About This Item

    Unique ID Code: 0000164955
    Added by: Stuart McLean
    Added on: 5/9/2014 16:13
    View Changes


    0 / 10
    Rate this item
    Inline Image

    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 97 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
    Release Date:
    Content Type: Movie

    One of the greatest of all medieval films, not least for its utterly distinctive realisation of a recognisable yet alien world, Walerian Borowczyk’s third feature was widely hailed as a masterpiece from the moment it first appeared and is still regarded as one of his greatest films.

    Based on Juliusz S?owacki’s 19th-century play Mazepa but relocated to 13th-century France, Blanche tells the story of the beautiful young wife (Ligia Branice) of a nobleman many decades older (French acting legend Michel Simon). As innocent as her name suggests, Blanche becomes the unwilling centre of attention in a power struggle between her husband, the visiting King and his page, the latter a notorious womaniser. Its unique visual style resembles a medieval fresco, and its period-instruments soundtrack, adapting the ancient ‘Carmina Burana’ song book, was years ahead of its time.

    Blanche is presented in a brand new high-definition restoration from original 35mm elements.

    Special Features:
    New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts
    Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
    Optional English subtitles where necessary
    Introduction by Schalcken the Painter director Leslie Megahey
    Ballad of Imprisonment, a documentary about the film featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte
    Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly edited archival interview in which Borowczyk discusses painting, cinema and sex
    Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk
    Reversible sleeve featuring original poster designs
    Collector’s booklet

    Audio Tracks:
    French Mono

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Walerian Borowczyk

    Written By:

    Michel Simon
    Georges Wilson
    Jacques Perrin

    Music From:
    Christian Boissonnade
    Annie Challan
    Agnès Faucheux
    Maurice-Pierre Gourrier
    Florence Lassailly

    Director of Photography:
    André Dubreuil
    Guy Durban

    Walerian Borowczyk
    Charles Bretoneiche

    Philippe d'Argila
    Dominique Duvergé

    Arrow Academy

    Your Opinions and Comments

    Be the first to post a comment!