CÅur fidèle


France | 85 min.

1.37:1 OAR

black & white


Special Features


• Beautiful new high-definition transfer of the film in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, at its true speed and running time – on both formats – and presented in a 1080p AVC encode on the Blu-ray

• New score composed and performed by Maxence Cyrin

• Original French intertitles with newly translated optional English subtitles

• A gallery of rare photography from the Cinémathèque française

• 44-page booklet containing rare production photography, and writing about the film by Jean Epstein, Henri Langlois, René Clair, and more

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Cœur fidèle

Jean Epstein, 1923

Jean Epstein’s Cœur fidèle [True Heart] established the great French filmmaker as one of the most inventive directors of the (then still silent) art form. A pared-down tale of a barmaid oppressed by an exploitative foster family who attempt to push her into the arms of an unscrupulous regular-about-town, Marie’s heart (exuberantly vivified by Gina Marès) belongs, as far as she’s concerned, to the tenderly blank Jean (Léon Mathot)…

Cœur fidèle drives its simple story (which, with its infamous and exhilarating “carousel sequence”, helped pave the way for the narrative tradition of such Murnau masterworks as Sunrise and City Girl) on into the realm of what might be considered an early incarnation of French poetic realism — all while still anticipating Epstein’s magical, post-surrealist, later works. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Epstein’s breakthrough film for the first time on video in the UK, as a Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD release.