THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN
released OUT NOW! 1995 | 15 | Blu- ray & DVD ( Double play)
Directors Marc Caro, Jean- Pierre Jeunet
Cast Ron Perlman, Judith Vittet, Daniel Emilfork, Dominique Pinon
The creation of Delicatessen duo Marc Caro and Jean- Pierre Jeunet, The City Of Lost Children is a film about dream stealers. And it genuinely feels like something snatched from your unconscious, just before waking.
Mixing cinematic surrealism, brass- edged Gallic steampunk and the make- it- up- as- you- go energy of the best bedtime stories, this is a self- contained, studio- bound world, a bubble of fable sealed from reality and logic. The story’s slim – Ron Perlman’s man- child strongman fights a scientist kidnapping urchins – but the narrative’s only there to haunt the edges of the glorious visuals.
And these images utterly pop on Blu- ray. From grimy wharves lapped by water the colour of pea soup to a brain encased in a wood- panelled cabinet, to some extraordinary faces, it’s a constant banquet for the eyes, part Lynch, part Burton, part del Toro, all of it soaked in a rich European weirdness.
Extras Commentary by Jean- Pierre Jeunet; Making Of featurette; behind- the- scenes footage; a brief 1995 interview with costume designer Jean Paul Gaultier; original trailer and teaser trailers. Nick Setchfield
Digital effects director Pitof went on to direct Catwoman. But we don’t hold that against him. We’re nice like that.
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