Hold Back the Dawn

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Hold Back the Dawn

#1 Post by domino harvey » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:21 am

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From one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood’s golden era, Mitchell Leisen (Remember the Night), comes the heart-rending romantic drama Hold Back the Dawn...

Charles Boyer (Gaslight) gives an enthralling performance as Georges Iscovescu, a Romanian-born gigolo who arrives at a Mexican border town seeking entry to the US. Faced with a waiting period of eight years, George is encouraged by his former dancing partner Anita (Pauline Goddard, Modern Times) to marry an American girl and desert her once safely across the border. He successfully targets visiting school teacher Emmy Brown (Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind), but his plan is compromised by a pursuing immigration officer, and blossoming feelings of genuine love for Emmy.

A moving and thoughtful film with a wonderful script (co-written by Billy Wilder), Hold back the Dawn benefits from evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland, and an over-arching sense of romantic melancholy. An enduring classic of its era, Leisen’s film was nominated for no-less than six Academy Awards and is presented here in High Definition for the first time.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin
Love Knows No Borders, a newly filmed video appreciation by film critic Geoff Andrew
The Guardian Lecture: Olivia de Havilland, A career-spanning onstage audio interview with Olivia de Havilland recorded at the National Film Theatre in 1971
Rare hour-long radio adaptation of Hold Back the Dawn from 1941 starring Charles Boyer, Paulette Goddard and Susan Haywood
Gallery of original stills and promotional images
Original trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer and critic Farran Smith Nehme

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Re: Hold Back the Dawn

#2 Post by domino harvey » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:47 am

That cover Image

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Re: Hold Back the Dawn

#3 Post by Finch » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:38 pm

Luckily there's always the reverse cover! So excited to see Leisen getting released on Blu-Ray. Fingers crossed they have Midnight in the pipeline too or would consider it if this title sells well.

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Re: Hold Back the Dawn

#4 Post by What A Disgrace » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:37 pm

Flesh tones? Who needs 'em.

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Re: Hold Back the Dawn

#5 Post by Cash Flagg » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:58 pm

What A Disgrace wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:37 pm
Flesh tones? Who needs 'em.
When your skin is that pale, to avoid a nasty sunburn you need to hold back the dawn and wait until nightfall if you want to remain a magnificent doll. The love of a woman for the pleasure of sunscreen still lives on for such pallid types.

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Re: Hold Back the Dawn

#6 Post by DRW.mov » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:09 pm

Y’all are crazy. That cover is gorgeous. I love all of Jennifer Dionisio’s covers. She did Detour for Criterion too.

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Re: Hold Back the Dawn

#7 Post by tenia » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:17 am

With Poulette Goddard.

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Re: Hold Back the Dawn

#8 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:08 am

DRW.mov wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:09 pm
Y’all are crazy. That cover is gorgeous. I love all of Jennifer Dionisio’s covers. She did Detour for Criterion too.
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