Claude Berri's wonderful 1967 film The Two of Us (Criterion) was inspired at least in part by Berri's own life story. In 1944, in occupied Paris, a Jewish boy is sent away to live with gentiles, who would claim him as one of their own and protect him from deportation and death. The film features one of the great French actors in one of his final performances, Michel Simon, as the anti-semitic old man who develops a fondness for the boy.
The (director-approved) special features on this new Criterion disc include:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Le poulet (1962), director Claude Berri’s Oscar-winning short film; New video interviews with Berri and actor Alain Cohen; Interviews from 1967 with Berri and Michel Simon; An excerpt from “The Jewish Children of Occupied France,” a 1975 French talk-show segment featuring Berri and the woman who helped secure his family’s safety during World War II; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation.
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