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

With Poulette Goddard.

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#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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Hold Back the Dawn

#9 Post by david hare » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:02 pm

Question to all pedants.

In his commentary track to this, Adrian Martin pronounces the director's name as "lee-son". In the video supplement "Love knows no Borders", Geoff Andrew pronounces it "Ly-son".

I have always pronounced it in the latter form, as does everyone I know. The name is Germanic. Has Adrian stumbled across something new here like American idiomatic, a la "Bernstein as "BernSteen"? I don't dare ask him on FB as we're friends.

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Re: Hold Back the Dawn

#10 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:05 pm

French director Pierre Salvadori pronounced it “Lee-son” when I heard him talk earlier this year

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#11 Post by david hare » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:01 am

Hmmmm..... oh well I had to listen to Tony Rayns calling Jo, “yo-seff fon shtairnberg.” Something he will undoubtedly also do on his forthcoming commentary track for Scarlet Empress

I thought about offering Indicator the track HerrSchreck and I did back in 2012 but I couldn't bear the pain of rejection.

Back to Mitch, outside Adrian and your frenchie it’s a pronunciation I’ve never heard.

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#12 Post by Alphonse Tram » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:36 am

A German friend confirmed they would pronounce it 'Ly-son'

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#13 Post by Glowingwabbit » Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:01 am

I have a Germanic last name as well, since the e comes before the i, it's definitely "Ly-son". I had that explained to me many times when I was little and learning to spell since my last name has an "ie" in it. Adrian Martin is just making a simple mistake a lot of people do with the "ei" and "ie" combination.

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#14 Post by david hare » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:05 pm

Of course it's Ly-son. I"ve never doubted it (having champiomned him since the 1970s.)

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#15 Post by knives » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:15 pm

Americas would probably say Lee, or at least that's my gut instinct. Given that he was American I would assume the Lee pronunciation is at least possible. Certainly a lot of that has occurred (for example a friend who pronounces his name do-boys).

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#16 Post by What A Disgrace » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:04 am

Its spelled Leisen, but its pronounced Throat Warbler Mangrove.

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#17 Post by MichaelB » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:30 am

Based on the spelling, and German rules of pronunciation, I’ve always assumed something like “Lyzen”.

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#18 Post by reaky » Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:33 pm

The film is a masterpiece, but Geoff Andrew falls foul of over-thickly-spread auteur theory in his piece in the extras. He spends a great deal of time pointing out how underrated Leisen is, supposedly in contrast to Sturges and Wilder in their own direction of their scripts. They, he claims, were more interested in wisecracks than character.

He repeatedly refers to subtleties of plot and character, how compassionate and even-handed the treatment of the characters is. Not once, though, does he offer any evidence that these qualities were something that Leisen introduced to the screenplay, and makes no mention of any editing or rewriting. He essentially describes choice moments in the film and asserts that these are Leisen’s doing, rather than the work of the men whose names are on the screenplay.

I find Hold Back the Night an extremely characteristic work by Wilder, actually: Boyer is another in his long line of male whores, and there are touches that flash all the way forward to The Apartment and Kiss Me, Stupid. Plus, Wilder actually underwent the experience of having to wait in a Mexican town for his visa to be granted. Andrew, though, is (like David Thomson) in the Wilder naysayer camp.
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#19 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:57 am

tenia wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:17 am
With Poulette Goddard.
Hey Man, after all she is a chick.

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