Mississippi Mermaid (1969)
Blu-ray Company: Twilight Time
Starring: Michel Bouquet, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, Nelly Borgeaud
Plot: Product Description: Pantheon director François Truffaut’s adaptation of Cornell Woolrich’s Waltz into Darkness, Mississippi Mermaid (1969) stars the iconic Jean-Paul Belmondo as a wealthy plantation owner on Réunion Island who falls madly in love with his mail-order bride (the stunning Catherine Deneuve), despite the fact that she is not quite what she seems—and is, in fact, a lot worse. This tale of obsessive love features music by Antoine Duhamel, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.
My Review and Thoughts:
Well what really can be said about the master director Francois Truffaut that hasn’t already been said? It’s simple to sum him up in one phrase, Masterpiece director. I am not afraid to say that and not afraid to place that title on his many pieces of work. Some stand out better than others but he always, no matter what, left an interesting mark on the world of cinema.
(Here is a little snip-bit I written earlier about him: He was one of the original founding directors of the passionate and brilliant French New Wave movement. He is one of the truest ICONS of cinema. He has directed some of my favorite films of all time. His first feature length film was the masterpiece, 1959’s The 400 Blows. He died at the very young age of 52, he had so much more to offer and I can’t imagine the films he could have brought out if he would have lived. On an interesting note he was a multitalented man, a film critic, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He starred in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind as the character Claude Lacombe. His first American film he directed is one of my favorite futuristic sci-fi films Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. He would go on to be respected and talked about and held high above and he deserved every bit of it.)
Truffaut not only directed this, but he also wrote this script, adapted it from the novel Waltz into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich. Starring one of the greats of cinema, Jean-Paul Belmondo. If you ever want to see some flawless acting, check out his performance in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960’s masterpiece, Breathless. Belmondo is a true top quality actor that knew the parts and brought them to life, and gave them a beating heart. He plays the character of Louis in Mississippi. He creates a perfect persona to the role, and gives a crowning achievement to the world of film. Also starring the absolutely, beautiful, sexy and very talented Catherine Deneuve. The chemistry on screen between Belmondo and Deneuve is what movie magic is about. Their roles are pivotal in the history of cinema. Both play off each other in a dynamic reality that is hard to explain unless you have seen the film. Both gave there all and created something to be remember.
Also starring the wonderful Michel Bouquet. Another powerful actor that has acted in over a 100 performances. Been acting since the 1940’s and is one of those performers that I think is much underrated. A true actor that knows the art form of creating great characters and his role as Comolli in Mississippi Mermaid is no different.
After viewing this movie I cannot believe I have not really heard more about it. This is great film. I would say in all honesty that it is utterly asinine that this film is so underrated and under appreciated. This is truly a memorable film. I think this is one of Truffaut’s greats and Twilight Time Blu-ray has honored this powerful little film with total clarity in image and sound, the best its ever been seen. Twilight Time has also released Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black which is another much underrated film. Twilight Time has brought another excellent piece of cinema to a modern generation to experience this film.
As I have stated this is masterly done, it's never looked any better. Clarity in sound. Beautiful vibrant colors. Crisp sound. A wonderful example of taking, clearly, an old negative and working with it in the best way that can be done, and creating a product that shines.
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: French 1.0 DTS-HD MA
Isolated Music track by the one and only Antoine Duhamel. A true musical genius. We sadly recently lost this masterly musician in 2014. He left an amazing career of music. He was one of the great French Composers and Orchestra conductors to ever exist in my viewpoint. He not only lived the music, but he also taught music. This is a great special feature on the Blu-ray. It’s always a treat to be able to hear the music by itself.
Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman. A great listen. I always look forward to these commentaries done by very rich in knowledge film historians.
Both Julia Kirgo and Nick Redman are powerful examples of cinema knowledge and is always a treat to listen and educate oneself on their vast understanding of film.
Original Theatrical Trailer
As always the wonderful booklet insert by the master film historian Julie Kirgo. Always a priceless read and as I have stated, I look forward to this little booklet each time.
One of the much under appreciated films by a master of cinema. A film noir like romantic drama, an experience that only Truffaut could do. A priceless Twilight Time Blu-ray.
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