Criterion Prediction #8: Le Magnifique, by Alexander Miller

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7 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    This sounds (and looks) as much a knockoff of Pierrot le Fou as the Bond films.

    (The entire thing, sparkling print, zero subtitles:

  2. Pierre Durand says:

    In France all Belmondo movies from that era are considered as a whole, and not in the best of ways. Basically all those films are considered “guilty pleasures” and not serious cinema.

    Like everybody from my generation (I’m 37) I’ve seen this movie and those of that era countless times as a child ; it is by far one of the best and it’s very refreshing to read you taking that movie seriously.

    French DVDs and BluRays… You know, Pialat movies or Truffaut movies still to this day do not get eng. subs in french editions, I think back here it would not cross anyone’s mind to add eng. subs to a Belmondo movie DVD.
    I live in Paris, France and when I want to offer a french film to a foreign friend I have to go on to get a version with eng. subs. How stupid is that!?

    Thank you for that awesome post, and thanks for the blog, obviously!

    Pierre Durand

  3. Alexander Miller says:

    I struggle with this problem all the time, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to embed eng. subs curated offline (this title being one of them) to digital downloads or netflix dvds. Not to mention having to get a region free dvd player just watch certain movies ad VCD’s.
    Pialat and Truffaut are problematic, but Rivette is the most neglected home video wise. Secret Defense aside from an overpriced dvd on amazon is nearly impossible to track down.
    Thanks for the feedback!

  4. Pierre Durand says:


    Thanks very much for commenting my comment !
    You don’t have to publish this one, I don’t know what your policy is about those things :
    Secret Defense with english subs, probably not the best quality but if you’ve never seen it at least you may watch this file.
    This is an awesome blog from some Quebec guy, you may want to take a look if you’re into french movies.

    Best regards,

    Pierre D.

    • Alexander Miller says:

      I just read this reply months after the post and thanks for the link, ironically the quality of the video you sent is perhaps better than my DVD of the movie! I wish I saw this sooner!
      Thanks again, by the way we haven’t heard the last from Belmondo, or Rivette in this column either.

  5. Alexander Miller says:

    Jacques Rvette’s Secret Defense is a terrific film, I just got it off of ebay a month or so ago!

  6. Alexander Miller says:

    Jacques Rivette’s Secret Defense is a terrific film, I just got it off of ebay a month or so ago!

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