953 A Dry White Season

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953 A Dry White Season

#1 Post by swo17 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:34 pm

A Dry White Season

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With this bracing drama, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indictment of South Africa's racist government—and made history in the process, becoming the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. White schoolteacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland) lives in Johannesburg and remains blissfully incurious about the lives of his black countrymen until a wave of brutal repression comes crashing down on his gardener (Winston Ntshona), bringing Du Toit face-to-face with harsh political realities. Based on a celebrated novel by André Brink and rooted in the first-hand research the Martinican Palcy did in South Africa into the way black people lived under apartheid, A Dry White Season is unflinching in its depiction of violence and its chronicling of injustice, making for a galvanizing tribute to those willing to sacrifice everything to fight oppression.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New interview with director Euzhan Palcy by film critic Scott Foundas
Five Scenes, a new program featuring Palcy
• Interview from 1989 with actor Donald Sutherland
• Excerpt from a 1995 interview Palcy conducted with Nelson Mandela
• Footage of Palcy receiving the highest distinction for foreign dignitaries at the 2017 South African National Orders awards
• PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and scholar Jyoti Mistry

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Re: 953 A Dry White Season

#2 Post by domino harvey » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:50 pm

Why does Criterion's writeup glaringly leave out the only reason anyone remembers this movie: Marlon Brando?

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#3 Post by DarkImbecile » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:54 pm

I've never seen this, but it looks like a very solid set of extras; does it have a bad reputation?

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Re: 953 A Dry White Season

#4 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:14 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:50 pm
Why does Criterion's writeup glaringly leave out the only reason anyone remembers this movie: Marlon Brando?
It has quite a cast further down the list too, with Susan Sarandon (her second Criterion film in a year), Janet Suzman and the great Zakes Mokae!

Sadly according to imdb Winston Ntshona only just died on 2nd August this year.

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Re: 953 A Dry White Season

#5 Post by barryconvex » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:46 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:50 pm
Why does Criterion's writeup glaringly leave out the only reason anyone remembers this movie: Marlon Brando?
That's seriously the only thing i remember about this film. He has a small role as a lawyer, i think?

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#6 Post by Randall Maysin » Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:07 am

If Criterion wants to get fat off of the piously-humanitarian films teat, why don't they release an underexposed film that's actually supposed to be good, like Chris Menges' A World Apart? This release is totally out of left field, to me anyway.

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#7 Post by Omensetter » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:25 pm

They've legitimately made an effort---in addition to the effort they were already making---to include more female directors in the collection since Peter Becker unnecessarily responded to that Movie Mezzanine article decrying a lack of female directors in the Collection, presupposing that this wasn't something Criterion wasn't already working on.

Since 2017, they've released Cameraperson, Certain Women, The Lure, Desert Hearts, and Smithereens, going out of their way for a lot of those films, with Wanda, One Sings, the Other Doesn't, and likely Let the Sunshine In on the immediate horizon.

I haven't seen the film, but I imagine that's where Criterion is coming from, especially given the film's historicity.

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Re: 953 A Dry White Season

#8 Post by MichaelB » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:01 pm

Randall Maysin wrote:If Criterion wants to get fat off of the piously-humanitarian films teat, why don't they release an underexposed film that's actually supposed to be good, like Chris Menges' A World Apart? This release is totally out of left field, to me anyway.
I don’t recall A World Apart being noticeably better than this. And totally-out-of-left-field releases are a good thing, surely?

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#9 Post by Omensetter » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:35 pm

Not if the left-field from which it springs sucks or is otherwise unkempt and overrun with weeds

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#11 Post by perkizitore » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:19 pm

dwk wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:38 pm
A Dry White Beaver
I was really waiting for this and your responses to it! :P

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Re: 953 A Dry White Season

#12 Post by dwk » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:06 pm

I couldn't stop myself.

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