A spectacular portrait of Claude Lorius, the legendary French explorer who foresaw global warming
With the remarkable ANTARCTICA: ICE AND SKY, Oscar®-winning filmmaker Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) tells the inspiring story of Claude Lorius, the 82-year-old glaciologist and explorer who has dedicated his life to studying the icescapes of Antarctica. Lorius’s groundbreaking discoveries over the decades would ultimately sound the alarm for the global warming crisis and expose humankind’s devastating impact on the Earth’s climate.
THE CONTINUATION OF THE ACCLAIMED FRENCH TELEVISION SERIES INVITES AMERICAN AUDIENCES INTO A SUMPTUOUS PARISIAN BORDELLO WHERE DESIRE REIGNS
Set in a lavish brothel in 19th Century Paris, the wildly popular French erotic drama series MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO returns to further weave its sexy tales of the women of “The Paradise,” an infamous bordello that caters to aristocratic and bourgeois clientele known for its strange and refined practices during a time of legalized prostitution.
Created by Jacques Ouaniche, MAISON CLOSE focuses on a trio of The Paradise’s most provocative women: Rose (Jemima West), a young woman, newly arrived in Paris in search of her mother, who was tricked into service at the brothel; Véra (Anne Charrier), a courtesan in her mid-thirties nearing the end of her career, hoping a wealthy customer will pay her debt and free her from servitude; and Hortense (Valerie Karsenti), the owner of The Paradise who must do whatever she can to retain her girls, keep the brothel open and steer clear of the forces intent on shutting her business down. The new season of the critically acclaimed drama picks up at The Paradise where Season One left off, as a royalist chief commander rises to power and reinstates a city-wide Moral Order which threatens the brothel’s very existence.
MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO has been praised as much for its historical accuracy and political astuteness as its bold eroticism, with Alessandra Stanley of THE NEW YORK TIMES lauding it as “Baudelaire meets The Playboy Channel.”
“For more than three years I have been thinking of this series whose heroine is a young girl, trapped, forced to prostitute herself in a luxury brothel at the end of the nineteenth century at the beginning of the Third Republic,” says MAISON CLOSE creator Ouaniche of the series’ origins. “I wanted to uncover the daily lives of these sex workers, most of all of the women, and their privileged relationships with powerful men in a time period not so remote from ours.”
Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO on Blu-ray and DVD on January 12, 2015 following its broadcast debut across leading markets in Europe, Asia and South America. The MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO Blu-ray and DVD editions will include a collector’s booklet and carry the suggested retail prices of $39.95 and $34.95, respectively.
MAISON CLOSE: SEASON ONE is available now on Blu-ray and DVD and will be available to stream on HULU beginning in January 7, just in time to catch up before the Blu-ray and DVD release of MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO.
The release of the MAISON CLOSE series marks Music Box Films’ latest entry in the company’s growing international television catalog, which includes such recent releases as Sweden’s Wallander, Germany’s Generation War, France’s The Returned and Japan’s Penance by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
More information on MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website
An Epic Fifteen Hour Journey Chronicling The Birth and Evolution of Cinematic History by Mark Cousins
THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY is an unprecedented cinematic event—an epic journey that chronicles the birth and evolution of the world’s greatest popular art form: cinema. A 15-hour-long documentary survey that begins with the invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th Century and concludes with the multi-billion dollar globalized digital industry of the 21st Century, THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY is a monumental work about yesterday and tomorrow—and everything in between. Directed and hosted by film historian Mark Cousins, THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY is, in Cousin’s own words, “a love letter to cinema”—a bold, passionate and essential chronicle on the history and growth of world cinema.
Painstakingly researched, curated and filmed over a six year period on five continents, THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY covers 120 years of world cinema in 15 hour-long installments brimming with more than one thousand film clips from the greatest and most important movies ever made. The Birth of a Nation, Frankenstein, The Grand Illusion, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Little Caesar, Blade Runner, The Seventh Seal, RagingBull, Gone with the Wind, A Hard Day’s Night, City Lights, Saving Private Ryan, Johnny Guitar and Psycho are only a handful of the hundreds of movies that are represented onscreen in the unprecedented cinematic voyage of THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY.
Called “The French Scarface” (Total Film), this electric two-part gangster film features a riveting, award-winning performance by Vincent Cassel as the notorious real-life criminal Jacques Mesrine.
MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido (Gerald Depardieu) Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder. After pulling off an audacious heist he and his lover Jeanne (Cecile de France) flee to Canada where the opportunity of one big payout lures him out of hiding and propels his towards international notoriety.