Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong
action star, plays herself in this savvy French production about remaking a classic French silent
film. Fans of Hong Kong genre flicks will love glimpsing a scene from The Heroic Trio, as
the filmmakers set the scene for Maggie's arrival in Paris to star as the exotic, latex-clad
heroine Irma Vep(A cryptogram for vampire).Once she arrives, we get to watch the
production in action, and enjoy writer and director Olivier Assayas' wry take on making
Cheung is a delightful presence on screen and brings a needed measure of
energy to Irma Vep. She musters the right combination of innocence, wonder, and above all,
communicates a sense of having fun with this film. Jean-Pierre Leaud is good in the role of the
director of Irma Vep and Nathalie Richard performs amiably as a harassed set designer who has other
designs on Maggie.
Maggie in the middle.©Fox Lorber
Some of the nicest scenes in
the film are the casual camaraderie of crew members making the movie within the movie. There
is an especially rich after hours dinner that captures the energy and excitement of being involved
This is the best looking transfer I have seen from Fox Lorber thus far.
The widescreen 1.66:1 image is consistently luminous, colors bright, and detail rendered fully
throughout the disc. The source material is apparently excellent and there are no obvious
compression artifacts. Take a chance on this eccentric movie. It will pay dividends in smile.
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