Bringing together six brilliant films from the Distinction Series , World Class Directors features some of the most critically acclaimed directors from every corner of the globe.
Andrei Tarkovsky Solaris
Solaris is a story rich with emotion and mystery, set with a science fiction framework. The story, which takes place sometime in the future, opens as Dr. Chris Kelvin is asked to investigate the unexplained behaviour of a small group of scientists aboard the space station Prometheus, who have cut off all communication from earth.
Ingmar Bergman The Hour of the Wolf
Haunted by demons past and present, artist Johan Borg (Max Von Sydow) fights a losing battle to retain his sanity and maintain his artistic prowess. His wife Alma (Liv Ullmann), desperate to help him, finds herself starting to share his hallucinations. But as Johan's mind continues to unravel, Alma is forced to choose between her love...and her life.
Akira Kurosawa Dersu Uzala
The Academy Award-winning Dersu Uzala is the enthralling tale of an eccentric Mongolian frontiersman who is taken as a guide by a Russian surveying crew. While the soldiers at first perceive Dersu as a naive and comical relic of an uncivilised age, he quickly proves himself otherwise with displays of ingenuity and bravery unmatched by any member of the inexperienced mapping team, on more than one occasion becoming their unlikely saviour.
Pier Paolo Pasolini The Decameron
Based upon a collection of tales written in the 14th century, The Decameron has lusty nuns who perform sexual "miracles", a cheating wife with a head for business, dying con artist attempting a heavenly swindle, young lovers caught with their pants down, a servant who loses his head for love and a gullible farmer who tries to turn his wife into a mare.
Jean-Luc Godard Weekend Weekend remains Jean's most consistently relentless attack on the bourgeois values of his own country and the perceived imperialism of the United States.
Carl Theodor Dreyer The Passion of Joan of Arc
This film stands as a testament to the artistic possibilities of film. Sombre yet engaging, the story follows Joan of Arc after her capture by the Enlgish in 1430. He fate was to be determined by a patriarchal and religiously dogmatic judicial system. Charged with heresy, the heroine was an exemplary figure in French history, a fact embodied by her canonisation in 1920.
Approximate Running Time: 750 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Classification: R18+ (Restricted To 18 Years And Over)
Number of Discs: 8
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
Released: 29th July 2011
Running Time: 630 mins