STORY OF SIN

  • Release Date: 14th March 2017
  • Format: DVD & Blu-ray
  • Starring: Grazyna Dlugolecka, Jerzy Zelnik, Olgierd Lukaszewicz
  • Directed By: Walerian Borowczyk
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The life of a beautiful, young and pious woman is thrown into chaos when her parents takes in a dashingly handsome lodger. Having embarked on a torrid affair, the lodger goes off to Rome to seek a divorce from his estranged wife.

Unable to live apart from her beloved, our hero leaves home only to fall prey to the infatuations and lusts of a band of noble admirers, unsavory criminals and utopian do-gooders…

The only feature Walerian Borowczyk (The Beast, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne) made in his native Poland, Story of Sin transforms Stefan Zeromski’s classic melodrama into a deliriously surrealistic meditation on l’amour fou.

Contents

• 2K restoration from the original film negative
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• New subtitle translation
• Audio Commentary by Sam Deighan and Kat Ellinger
• New 2K restorations from the original negatives of Borowczyk’s ground-breaking Polish shorts: Once Upon a Time (co-directed by Jan Lenica), Dom (co-directed by Lenica) and The School, with optional audio commentaries by art historian Szymon Bojko (Once Upon a Time), composer Wlodzimierz Kotonsk (Dom) and Daniel Bird (The School)
• New introduction by poster designer Andrzej Klimowski
The First Sinner, a new interview with Story of Sin lead actor Grazyna Dlugolecka
The Music Box, film critic and documentarian David Thompson on the use of classic music in Borowczyk's films
Stories of Sin, a video essay by Daniel Bird (co-founder Friends of Walerian Borowczyk) concerning the director's obsessions
Miscellaneous, a video essay on Borowczyk and Lenica's contributions to newsreels and documentaries on art history
Street Art, a short news reel documentary about poster art co-written by Borowczyk
Tools of the Trade, an interview with Juliusz Zamecznik, son of photographer and graphic artist Wojciech Zamecznik
Poster Girl, an interview with poster artist, illustrator and print maker Theresa Byszewska, who appears (briefly) in Dom
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Andrzej Klimowski

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new and archival writing, including an exclusive interview with the producer of Story of Sin, director Stanislaw Rozewicz; a text by art historian and one-time Borowczyk collaborator, Szymon Bojko; and excerpts from Borowczyk’s memoirs presented in English for the first time.

SRP: $39.95

  • Details

    • Region: A / B / C
    • Rating: Unrated
    • Cat No: AV084
    • Duration: 130 mins
    • Language: Polish
    • Subtitles: English
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
    • Audio: 1.0 Mono
    • Discs: 2
    • Color