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    Amorous April

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    The mystique of sex across the wide-open American landscape – from small town to suburban tract to sprawling metropolis – is explored in four potent and provocative April Twilight Time releases, each in its way a time capsule juggling the varying puritanical and free-spirited attitudes of their respective eras and impeccably portrayed locales. Distinctive elements in the mix include front-rank acting talent (including someone highly expected to be in contention when 2017 Academy Award® nominations are announced tomorrow), venerable composers and probative directors, particularly an iconic French auteur whose vacation in America inspired the movie on view here. The personal interactions and physical encounters range from quaintly innocent and scenically lyrical to blatantly tawdry and hardcore abhorrent, but the collective filmmaking skills make these stories compulsively watchable, especially in startling 1080p clarity.

    Marking their hi-def Blu-ray premieres April 17 are: Auto Focus (2002), starring Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Rita Wilson and Mario Bello, directed by Paul Schrader, score by Angelo Badalamenti; Blue Denim (1959), starring Carol Lynley, Brandon De Wilde, Macdonald Carey and Marsha Hunt, directed by Philip Dunne, score by Bernard Herrmann; Model Shop (1969), starring Anouk Aimee, Gary Lockwood and Alexandra Hay, directed by Jacques Demy, score by Spirit; and No Down Payment (1957), starring Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall and Jeffrey Hunter, directed by Martin Ritt, score by Leigh Harline. Details of each release will follow in March.