A Woman Kills (Blu-ray)

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Description

Louis develops a relationship with the officer investigating a series of prostitute murders and soon learns Louis may not be who he says he is.

A series of prostitute murders disturb the public with the thought of a serial killer on the loose. Hélène Picard, a prostitute, is sentenced and executed for the murders, but shortly thereafter similar crimes continue. Executioner Louis Guilbot meanwhile develops a relationship with the investigating officer, Solange, who soon learns Louis may not be who he says he is. Filmed in the tumultuous events of May 1968, Jean-Denis Bonan's A Woman Kills never found distribution due to controversy around the director's first film and producer Anatole Dauman (The Beast, Hiroshima mon amour) was unable to find distribution for the film for 45 years until Luna Park Films brought it back to life in a new restoration. Now released on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere, audiences outside of France can finally experience this utterly singular film, a new wave-influenced serial killer film that presents its narrative in an almost true crime approach yet focuses more on the psychological aspect with echoes of Polanski and Franju, set to a discordant, jazzy score.

Limited Edition Special Features
2K restoration of the film from the original 16mm elements
Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
Audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Virginie Sélavy
Introduction by Virginie Sélavy
On the Margin: The Cursed Films of Jean-Denis Bonan (Francis Lecomte, 2015/2022, 37 mins) - a newly updated documentary featuring director Jean-Denis Bonan, cinematographer Gérard de Battista, editor Mireille Abramovici, musician Daniel Laloux, and actress Jackie Rynal
Short films by Jean-Denis Bonan: The Short Life of Monsieur Meucieu (1962, 13 mins), A Crime of Love (1965, 7 mins), rushes of an incomplete film; The Sadness of the Anthropophagi (1966, 24 mins), Crazy Matthew (1967, 17 mins), A Season with Mankind (1967, 20 mins)
Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and scholar Catherine Wheatley, writer and musician Richard Thomas on the short films, writing on gender identity tropes in A Woman Kills and the horror film, an interview with Francis Lecomte, the French distributor who rescued the film, newly translated archival reviews and film credits
Limited edition of 2000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of markings

Media

Bonus Materials

  • Audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Virginie Sélavy
  • Introduction by Virginie Sélavy
  • On the Margin: The Cursed Films of Jean-Denis Bonan - a documentary on the filmmaker
  • 5 Short films by Jean-Denis Bonan
  • Trailer
  • Booklet

 

Cast & Crew

Actors:
  •       Claude Merlin
  •       Solange Pradel
  •       Jean Rollin

Director: Jean-Denis Bonan

Additional Details

Label: Radiance

Genre: Horror

Language: French

Run Time: 70 mins

Region: 1

Release Date: 02/07/23

UPC: 760137115618

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