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ART HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE

PERHAPS AS A PALLIATIVE to another depressing summer movie season, the Criterion Collection has released a slew of DVDs designed to highlight the cineaste’s home theater calendar. Best of the lot: Luis Buñuel’s Diary of a Chambermaid, Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers, two Douglas Sirk features – the sublimely hysterical Written on the Wind and All that Heaven Allows, the latter packaged with a pictorial essay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder – and Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic tale of stylish ennui, L’Avventura. The Antonioni gets the two-disk deluxe treatment Criterion reserves for pics like Armageddon: it includes essays by the Italian master read by Jack Nicholson and a Canadian TV doc from the 1960s containing fascinating footage from his sets. [www.criterionco.com]

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