Timeless Gangster Drama Revived

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MOVIE REVIEW
Borsalino

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Genre: Crime, Drama
Year Released: 1970, 2023 Arrow Video Blu-ray
Runtime: 2h 5m
Director(s): Jacques Deray
Writer(s): Jean-Claude Carrière, Jean Cau, Jacques Deray, Eugène Saccomano (book,) Claude Sautet
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Catherine Rouvel, Andre Bollet, Françoise Christophe, Corinne Marchand, Nicole Calfan, Laura Adani, Hélène Rémy, Mario David, Lionel Vitrant, Dennis Berry, Pierre Koulak, Yvann Chiffre, Arnoldo Foà, Daniel Ivernel
Where To Watch: available September 5, 2023; pre-order here www.arrowvideo.com, www.mvdshop.com, or www.amazon.com


RAVING REVIEW: Set your clocks and step back into the 1970s cinema with a film about the vibrant world of 1930s Marseille, France. Here, we’re not just spectators but explorers in a land painted with love triangles, rising ambitions, and murky alleyways where dreams and reality blur. Enter François Capella (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Roch Siffredi (Alain Delon,) two gangsters whose stories of purpose and rivalry topple some of the greatest gangster stories ever.


BORSALINO is not just a film; it’s an experience thanks to the directorial prowess of the keen-eyed Jacques Deray and a narrative inspired by Eugène Saccomano’s book; every scene feels intentional, with purpose and meaning. Add to this the impeccable 1930s fashion curated by Jacques Fonteray and Claude Bolling’s toe-tapping score, and you’re in for a visual and auditory feast.

The electric chemistry between Belmondo and Delon is nothing short of cinematic fireworks. Their stellar performances breathe life into the film, and if rumors are to be believed, the impact of their collaboration even influenced others in international cinema. The charismatic tapestry of Marseille that Jacques Deray presents is both detailed and delightful. From spirited boxing matches to the everyday hustle, every frame of BORSALINO is a canvas depicting life in its rawest and most vivid form. While the movie borrows its spirit from the legendary tales of figures like Paul Carbone and François Spirito, it’s far from just a retelling. It’s a fresh narrative pulsating with energy, drawing us into French mob culture.

What stands out about BORSALINO is its seamless blend of movie-making traditions. Deray masterfully taps into the aura of iconic gangster tales while infusing them with French charm and elegance. As the story unfolds, the dynamic narrative seamlessly oscillates from playful banter to intense confrontations, underscoring the depth and versatility of the plot. And for those craving some edge-of-the-seat sequences, this film delivers one scene specifically that will stay with you forever.

Yet, beyond the compelling storyline and riveting performances, BORSALINO is also a story of dreams realized behind the camera. The union of cinematic giants Delon and Belmondo wasn’t just a casting decision but a culmination of visions and aspirations. Their collaboration isn’t just on-screen magic; it’s a testament to the power of shared dreams.

To summarize, BORSALINO is a journey through the highs and lows of French cinema, the intricate world of mobsters, and the undeniable charm of 1930s Marseille. Another gorgeous restoration by Arrow Video will preserve a piece of film history for future generations.

BONUS MATERIALS
– High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
– Original lossless mono French and English audio options
– Optional English subtitles
– New audio commentary by film scholar Josh Nelson
– The Music of Borsalino, a new interview with composer and film historian Neil Brand on Claude Bolling’s score
– Dressing Down, a new interview with film scholar Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén on Jacques Fonteray’s costume designs for Borsalino
– Le Magnifique Belmondo, an archive extra celebrating the unique talent and career of the beloved French actor
– Theatrical trailer
– Image Gallery
– Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Ginette Vincendeau and an archival piece by Elisa Fulco
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
– Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella – Six postcard-sized reproduction art cards
– Six postcard-sized reproduction art cards

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