After a raucous visit from the wealthy Uncle Arthur (The Death of a Lumberjack’s J. Léo Gagnon), working class Montreal couple Roland (O.K. ... Laliberté’s René Caron) and Berthe (Mustang’s Luce Guilbeault) are left feeling slighted by his meager gift of $500. Hungry for more, Berthe hatches a plan to descend on Uncle Arthur’s remote country house and steal his small fortune with the help of her delinquent brother and cousin. When the robbery spirals out of control, allegiances shift, blood is spilled, and Roland’s dimwitted lodger Ernest (J.A. Martin Photographer’s Marcel Sabourin) takes center stage in a harrowing battle for Arthur’s stolen cash.
Three decades before winning the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for The Barbarian Invasions, Denys Arcand started his fiction filmmaking career with an informal trilogy (Dirty Money, Réjeanne Padovani, and Gina) that remains the high-water mark for Canadian crime cinema. Loosely inspired by the B-movies of the ’40s, while anticipating Blood Simple and other neo-noirs of the ’80s, Dirty Money is an unforgettable blend of pastiche and provocation. Shot through with pitch black humor and grounded by a cavalcade of memorable performances, Arcand’s fiction debut announced the arrival of a major Canadian filmmaking talent.
Region Free Blu-ray
Newly scanned and restored in 4K from the 35mm original camera negative by Éléphant - mémoire du cinéma québécois with sound transferred and restored from the original 35mm magnetic final mix
Audio commentary featuring Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com and film historian Jason Pichonsky
Making Money (2023, 20 min.) – New interview with director Denys Arcand
Building an Industry (2023, 23 min.) – New interview with Cinémathèque québécoise director Robert Daudelin
New audio interviews with cast members Gabriel Arcand (19 min.) and Marcel Sabourin (17 min.)
Trailers for Arcand’s Dirty Money (1972), Réjeanne Padovani (1973), and Gina (1975)
Restoration trailer for Dirty Money
Booklet featuring a new interview with screenwriter Jacques Benoit
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles
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