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Tous les Matins du Monde (All The Mornings Of The World)

 

Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Film: B-

 

 

Gerard Depardieu and his son Guillaume Depardieu play two eras of the life of the same man in the 1991 film Tous les Matins du Monde (All The Mornings Of The World).  Can Marin Matins (the Depardieus) become a great Classical musician under the auspices of the great French composer Sainte Colombe?  The film explores that relationship and tries to ask the question of what real music or any music really is.  Director Alain Corneau attempts to take on those issues and more.

 

Of course, having the son of the famous French actor and movie star is somewhat of a gimmick and Guillaume has not seen his career take off in since, yet his performance is convincing enough with the added attraction of being able to do more than his father with he role.  Unfortunately, neither era of the character gets enough time to develop properly, which limits how any of the issues are resolved.  Though the music in interesting, other films have done this kind of thing better and more will.  However, there is enough here to enjoy and its critical and commercial success at the time is understandable enough.   Jean-Pierre Marielle, Michel Bouquet and Anne Brochet also star.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.66 X 1 image is a little softer than its sometimes-diffused look should have it be.  It is no Barry Lyndon to begin with, but still has some fine shots by cinematographer Yves Angelo.  The problem is that in this genre, you need to really excel visually to distinguish yourself form other such films.  Give or take the limits of this DVD, these images just do not stick with one for long.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 remix from the original Dolby A-type theatrical sound lacks surrounds and shows its age.  Like the two DVDs of Milos Forman’s Amadeus (1984), the music and sound have not been upgraded as much as it needed and both should get DTS treatment.  All the extras outside of the 8-page booklet are on DVD 2, including the original trailer, an interviews piece, a “making of” featurette and a 65-minutes-long piece on composer/musician Jordi Savali.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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