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The Documentaries of Louis Malle (Eclipse Collection) (1968-1986)

Cast: Louis Malle, Louis Malle
Director: Louis Malle, Louis Malle
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, France

Synopses
And the Pursuit of Happiness (Eclipse Collection) (1986)
For a period of about three months, celebrated French director Louis Malle grabbed his camera and took a tour of immigrant communities and individual refugees across the United States. The results are fun to watch as they are peppered liberally with good humor. When Cambodian refugees come into America with bags of rice, the narration notes that "for the Cambodians, rice is survival, for the immigration officers, it is microbes." Several success stories are seen and in some ways the documentary is weighted in that direction. A West Ghanan makes good with a taxi company he started, a Korean applies to several top ten universities, and in a political flub of the worst kind, the mansion of exiled General Somoza from Nicaragua is shown with the comment that the infamous General is "becoming a regular suburbanite." ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

Calcutta (Eclipse Collection) (1968)
This documentary - edited from the rushes of the longer Phantom India - shows the various stations of life and death in Calcutta, India. From the wealthy aristocrats to the lepers and untouchables, the life stories are as varied as the city's 8 million plus people. The grimy waterfront port is overlooked by fabulous temples. Sacred cows travel freely and step over the lowest caste untouchables and the bodies of peasants who have starved to death. Religious ceremonies and everyday business transactions are also shown. A woman's body is ceremonially torched on a funeral alter placed atop kindling and logs for cremation. Modern mechanics collide with manual labor as unskilled laborers grow increasingly dependent on charity to survive. From disease-riddled slums, to homes of the fabulously wealthy, Calcutta is a city of color, contrast, and an ever-growing population that could easily double or triple in 10 years. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

God's Country (Eclipse Collection) (1985)
Louis Malle's heartwarming and thoughtful 1986 PBS documentary God's Country carries the viewer to Glencoe, MN, for a loving and enduring portrait of the local citizenry. It's a time capsule -- a snapshot of the prairie heartlands during the late '70s and mid-'80s (Malle shot the first segment in 1979, and returned six years later to film the conclusion). The first half is sweet, gentle, and lyrical, the second half heartbreaking, for by the time of Malle's return, the optimistic small-parcel farmers whom Malle introduces at the outset have been wiped out by the Reagan-era recession. (One or two even bigotedly attempt to use minorities as scapegoats for the economic devastation they have suffered -- which makes for a sobering, jarring, and utterly unexpected wrap-up to the piece.) Malle's strategy is to simply tour the town and meet the locals, cameras rolling, never knowing what to expect. And what in other hands might become mundane or dull here gains a sweet and genteel intimacy, laced with small doses of offhanded humor and poignant insight into the lives of these people; Malle's goal involves making viewers feel, by the end of the documentary, that they have become an integral part of this community -- and that the participants (despite scattered objectionable attitudes) are their friends and neighbors. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

Phantom India (Disc 1 of 2) (Eclipse Collection) (1969)
Malle called his gorgeous and groundbreaking Phantom India the most personal film of his career. And this extraordinary journey to India, originally shown as a miniseries on European television, is infused with his sense of discovery, as well as occasional outrage, intrigue, and joy.

Phantom India (Disc 2 of 2) (Eclipse Collection) (1974)
Malle called his gorgeous and groundbreaking Phantom India the most personal film of his career. And this extraordinary journey to India, originally shown as a miniseries on European television, is infused with his sense of discovery, as well as occasional outrage, intrigue, and joy.

Vive Le Tour Humain, Trop Humain Place De La Republique (Eclipse Collection) (1974)
An energetic evocation of the Tour de France, a meditative investigation of the inner workings of a French automotive plant, and an entertaining snapshot of the comings and goings on one street corner in Paris, Louis Malle's three French-set documentaries reveal, in an eclectic array of ways, the director's eternal fascination with, and respect for, the everyday lives of everyday people.

GreenCine Member Ratings

And the Pursuit of Happiness (Eclipse Collection) (1986)
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Calcutta (Eclipse Collection) (1968)
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God's Country (Eclipse Collection) (1985)
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Phantom India (Disc 1 of 2) (Eclipse Collection) (1969)
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Phantom India (Disc 2 of 2) (Eclipse Collection) (1974)
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Vive Le Tour Humain, Trop Humain Place De La Republique (Eclipse Collection) (1974)
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5.90 (10 votes)
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