The film group Raro Video, which has plans of flooding the market with some truly amazing and hard to reach films, have been on a role here lately in terms of their releases. Their picks have all been quality and they are slowly compiling a litany of titles that are sure to inspire greed from like-minded production outfits. From the art house to pure pieces of exploitation (with rumors of Rugero Deodatto’s Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man being released soon), their releases are very welcome by Varied Celluloid. Adua and Her Friends and The Secret of Dorian Gray are both on their way from the company as well and both titles are due for release on April 26th. Both films are available for pre-order via Amazon.com and should prove to be exciting cinema!
For the full press-release from Raro Video, keep reading after the break!
UPDATE: RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM APRIL 26TH TO MAY 17tTH!
ADUA AND HER FRIENDS IS ONE OF THE MASTERPIECES OF MODERN ITALIAN ART CINEMA WITH AN IMPRESSIVE CAST THAT INCLUDES SIMONE SIGNORET AND MARCELLO MASTROIANNI
OSCAR WILDE’s DECADENT CLASSIC WITH A CULT GAY FOLLOWING –
THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY IS A HARD-TO-FIND PULP GEM
BOTH Available on DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER APRIL 26
LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2011) – A rare masterpiece and a wonderful example of Italian Cinema starring two European film icons, Simone Signoret and Marcello Mastroianni, Adua and her Friends tells the story of four prostitutes forced to fend for themselves when a new law closes the bordellos of Rome. They pool their savings to open a trattoria, but find they cannot get a license. A prominent fixer with connections obtains the license for them, on the condition that they conduct their old business upstairs and pay him an exorbitant monthly fee. RaroVideo U.S. is proud to present this work of Antonio Pietrangeli, one of the most talented members of the Italian neo-realism movement.
RaroVideo U.S.’s restored version of ADUA AND HER FRIENDS, will arrive on DVD for the first time ever on April 26. The extensive DVD extras include a documentary on the restoration of the film and a booklet containing critical analysis of the genesis of the film.
RaroVideo U.S. will also release THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY on DVD April 26. Never before released on DVD in the U.S., this is a seventies classic Italian film restored to its original splendor. In London, a wealthy, god-like, young man, Dorian Gray, loves Sybil, an aspiring actress; thanks to her, he’s momentarily less self-centered. He’s also sitting, scantily clad, for a portrait painted by his ascot-wearing friend, Basil. When it’s done, Dorian complains he’ll grow old while it stays unchanged- the classic plight of the vain. On the same night, as if he has sold his soul to the devil, exchanging vanity for morality, he ends it with Sybil, and then accepts the seductive offer of a party’s hostess to sleep with her. The next day, the painting looks slightly older. In horror and fascination, Dorian hides it away and continues a life of degradation. Over time, as the portrait becomes hideous, he’s unchanged by his ever-increasing libidinal life; finally, he and Basil face the painting. The exceptionally groovy score by Giuseppe De Luca enhances the seventies milieu.
Both ADUA AND HER FRIENDS and THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY have been newly restored from the original 35mm negatives.
Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Vanquished, Federico Fellini’s The Clowns, The Perfume of the Lady in Black and The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection are all available now from RaroVideo U.S. The label will continue to spotlight the works of major Italian directors this year with plans to release Pasolini’s The Anger (La Rabbia) and Carmelo Bene’s Our Lady of the Turks (Nostra signora dei Turchi).